2023 ACM Honors: Everything You Need To Know

Hosted by Carly Pearce, 2023 ACM Honors will premiere on Monday, September 18 at 8/7c on FOX.

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Andrew Wendowski

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September 17, 2023

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2023 ACM Honors is upon us! The 16th Annual Academy of Country Music Honors, dubbed “Country Music industry’s favorite night,” will premiere on Monday, September 18 at 8/7c on FOX.

Hosted by Carly Pearce, the 2023 ACM Honors was filmed at the iconic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday, August 23.

“Hosting is something that I’ve always wanted to do, and the ACMs have been so good to me over the last few years and I’ve had just some really big moments in my career. So to get to kind of try something different, a different side of my talent and personality, is really special,” Pearce shared ahead of the televised broadcast of the show.

A Full List Of Everything You Need To Know About ACM Honors

The star-studded awards ceremony will feature performances by BRELAND, Keith Urban, Lee Brice, Brandy Clark, Priscilla Block, Jordan Davis, Billy Ray Cyrus, FIREROSE, Sara Evans, Chris Janson, Lady A, Nelly, Bailey Zimmerman, Dennis Quaid, The War And Treaty, Trisha Yearwood, Brett Young as well as the show’s host Carly Pearce, among others.

During the show, the Academy Of Country Music (ACM) will recognize several special honorees, including ACM Icon Award recipient Tim McGraw, ACM Triple Crown Award recipient Chris Stapleton, ACM Spirit Award recipient Charlie Daniels, ACM Poet’s Award recipients Clint Black and Mary Chapin Carpenter, ACM Lift Every Voice Award recipient BRELAND, ACM Artist/Songwriter Of The Year recipient HARDY and more.

BRELAND; Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for ACM
BRELAND; Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for ACM

“This year’s ACM Special Award honorees have made a tremendous impact on the music we know and love, from icons and veteran executives who have shaped and steered the industry for years, to newer artists making a splash and welcoming fresh audiences into the community, and I am so excited about celebrating them in August at what is always one of the best nights of the year,” Kerri Edwards, Chair of the ACM Special Awards Committee, added. “I’d like to thank our committee members for their invaluable participation and contributions in selecting this year’s exceptionally worthy class of honorees and offer my congratulations to all of the recipients.”

Below is a rundown of everything you need to know about the 2023 ACM Honors, including how to watch, who’s hosting, which artists are performing, what songs they’ll sing, the honorees, and more.

Bailey Zimmerman, HARDY; Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for ACM
Bailey Zimmerman, HARDY; Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for ACM

How To Watch

2023 ACM Honors will premiere on Monday, September 18 at 8/7c via FOX.

The show will also be available to stream on Hulu on Tuesday (Sept. 19).

Host

Carly Pearce will host the coveted ACM Honors for the third consecutive year.

“The Academy of Country Music has played such a crucial role in the rise of my career in the last several years, giving me opportunities to expand my artistry with hosting,” Pearce previously shared in a statement. “To be able to come back as the host of the ACM Honors for the third year in a row, I feel so grateful and excited for what I know will be such a special night!”

Chris Stapleton; Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for ACM
Chris Stapleton; Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for ACM

Honorees

Clint Black – ACM Poet’s Award

BRELAND – ACM Lift Every Voice Award

Kane Brown – ACM International Award

Mary Chapin Carpenter – ACM Poet’s Award

Charlie Cook – ACM Service Award

Charlie Daniels – ACM Spirit Award

Mike Dungan – ACM Icon Award

Ashley Gorley – ACM Songwriter of the Year Winner

HARDY – ACM Artist/Songwriter of the Year Winner

Bill Mayne – ACM Service Award

Tim McGraw – ACM Icon Award

K.T. Oslin – ACM Poet’s Award

Chris Stapleton – ACM Triple Crown Award

Troy Vollhoffer – ACM Lifting Lives Award

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Performers, Songs Being Performed

BRELAND feat. Keith Urban – “Throw It Back”

Lee Brice – “Like I Love Country Music” (Kane Brown Cover)

Brandy Clark – “80’s Ladies”

Billy Ray Cyrus + FIREROSE with Travis Denning – “Long Haired Country Boy” (Charlie Daniels Band Cover)

Jordan Davis & Anne Wilson – “Buy Dirt”

Sara Evans – “Born to Fly”

Chris Janson – “Good Vibes”

Lady A – “A Bad Goodbye” (Clint Black Cover)

Nelly – “Over and Over”

Carly Pearce & Emily Shackelton – “What He Didn’t Do”

Dennis Quaid – “Fallen”

The War And Treaty – “Cold” (Chris Stapleton Cover)

Hailey Whitters – “Everything He Ain’t”

Trisha Yearwood – “This Shirt” (Mary Chapin Carpenter Cover)

Brett Young – “Don’t Take the Girl” (Tim McGraw Cover)

Bailey Zimmerman – “Signed, Sober You” (HARDY Cover)

Lee Brice, Randy Travis, Kane Brown; Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for ACM
Lee Brice, Randy Travis, Kane Brown; Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for ACM

Presenters

Big Kenny

Marty Stuart

Randy Travis

Storme Warren

FIREROSE, Billy Ray Cyrus, Travis Denning; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for ACM
FIREROSE, Billy Ray Cyrus, Travis Denning; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for ACM

The 16th Annual ACM HONORS will be produced for television by ACM Productions LLC. Damon Whiteside is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music, and Martin Fischer is the executive producer for Opry Entertainment. Edie Lynn Hoback is producer.

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a self-taught entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.