The Academy of Country Music has announced the winners of the non-televised awards. The recipients of the ACM Special Awards, Industry Awards, Studio Recording Awards and Songwriter of the Year honorees will be honored at the 8th Annual ACM Honors event on September 9, 2014 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
Career Achievement Award – Toby Keith and Ronnie Milsap will receive the Career Achievement Award, honoring an individual artist, duo, group or multiple artist collaboration that have advanced the popularity and acceptance of country music through their endeavors in the entertainment industry in multiple areas during the preceding calendar year.
Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award – Bob Beckham will receive the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award, honoring individuals who are pioneers in the country music genre, posthumous. He is remembered as a true fan of music who took chances on unknown songwriters such as Larry Gatlin, Jerry Reed, Ray Stevens and many more. The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame recognized him with the inaugural Mentor Award in 2008. Bob died in 2013.
Crystal Milestone Award – Merle Haggard will be honored with the Crystal Milestone Award, which is given to an artist or industry leader to commemorate a specific, remarkable achievement. Merle was the ACM’s first Entertainer of the Year when the award was presented in 1970. That win marked the Academy’s first Triple Crown achievement, as he had already received the Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year award for 1965 and the first of six Male Vocalist of the Year awards the following year. Two of his songs, “Okie From Muskogee” and “Are the Good Times Really Over” received Single Record and Song of the Year awards in 1969 and 1982, respectively. In 2014, he will celebrate the milestone of 50 years in country music.
Gene Weed Special Achievement Award – Carrie Underwood will receive the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award, which acknowledges unprecedented, unique and outstanding individual achievement in country music. Carrie is also a ACM Triple Crown recipient, following wins as New Female Vocalist of the Year (2005), Female Vocalist of the Year (2006, 2007, 2008) and Entertainer of the Year (2008, 2009).
Jim Reeves International Award – Steve Buchanan, president of the Opry Entertainment Group, and Rascal Flatts have been chosen to receive the Jim Reeves International Award, which is presented to an artist for outstanding contributions to the acceptance of country music throughout the world.
Mae Boren Axton Award – Paul Moore has been chosen as the recipient of the Mae Boren Axton Award, which is given in recognition of years of dedication and service by an outstanding individual to the Academy of Country Music. He has been a part of the William Morris team in Nashville for more than 35 years and is a longtime board member for the Academy of Country Music and currently serves as Parliamentarian.
Poet’s Award – Jack Clement (awarded posthumously), Dean Dillon, Kris Kristofferson and Buck Owens (awarded posthumously), have been selected to receive the Poet’s Award, which honors songwriters for outstanding musical and/or lyrical contributions throughout their careers in the field of country music.
CASINO OF THE YEAR:
Small Capacity – Mohegan Sun Wolf Den – Uncasville, CT
Medium Capacity – Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, CT
NIGHTCLUB OF THE YEAR:
Billy Bob’s Texas – Fort Worth, TX
VENUE OF THE YEAR:
Small Capacity – Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater – Austin, TX
Medium Capacity – Grand Ole Opry House – Nashville, TN
Large Capacity – Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN
DON ROMEO TALENT BUYER OF THE YEAR:
Nicole More – Neste Event Marketing
PROMOTER OF THE YEAR:
Brian O’Connell – Live Nation
STUDIO RECORDING AWARDS (FORMERLY THE MBI AWARDS)
BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
DRUMMER OF THE YEAR:
GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
PIANO/KEYBOARDS PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
SPECIALTY INSTRUMENT(S) PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
STEEL GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
AUDIO ENGINEER OF THE YEAR:
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR:
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR: