Morgan Wallen, Miranda Lambert, and Chris Stapleton To Receive Special Awards At ACM Honors
The Academy of Country Music just announced the Special Awards for the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards. The honorees…
Morgan Wallen; Photo by Rich Polk, NBC, Miranda Lambert; Photo by Angelina Castillo, Chris Stapleton; Photo by Getty Images for ACM
The Academy of Country Music just announced the Special Awards for the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards. The honorees will be celebrated during the upcoming 15th Annual ACM Honors, which is set to take place on Wednesday, August 24, 2022, at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.
Miranda Lambert, Morgan Wallen, Chris Stapleton, Shania Twain and more are among the just-announced honorees (see full list below).
Described as “Country Music Industry’s favorite night,” the ACM honors event will feature an evening of live music and tribute performances as the artists receive their Special Awards.
“ACM Honors is truly a special and unique night as the entire Country Music community comes together to celebrate the achievements of artists, musicians, and industry executives that have made a positive impact on the industry during the prior year or over their careers,” Academy of Country Music CEO Damon Whiteside shared. “Being the 15th anniversary of this event also makes it a night to remember some of the Academy’s pioneers who originally inspired these honors.”
Performers, host, and ticket on-sale information for the ACM Honors event will be announced in the coming weeks.
ACM Special Award honorees include:
ACM TRIPLE CROWN AWARD – Miranda Lambert
Lambert qualified for the Triple Crown Award after winning ACM Top New Female Vocalist, ACM Female Vocalist of the Year, and ACM Entertainer of the Year throughout her career, an honor only seven other artists have been awarded.
ACM ICON AWARD – Connie Bradley
This award is presented to a Country Music artist, duo/group or industry leader who, throughout their career, has advanced the popularity of the genre through their contributions in multiple facets of the industry, such as songwriting, recording, production, touring, film, television, literary works, philanthropic contributions, and other goodwill efforts.
ACM LIFTING LIVES AWARD – Paul Barnabee and Dwight Wiles
This award is presented to a Country Music artist, duo/group, or industry professional who is devoted to improving lives through the power of music, has a generosity of spirit, and is committed to serving others. It is voted on by the ACM Lifting Lives Board of Directors.
ACM MILESTONE AWARD – Morgan Wallen
This award is presented to a Country Music artist, duo/group or industry leader for a specific, unprecedented or outstanding achievement in the field of Country Music during the preceding calendar year.
ACM SERVICE AWARD – Duane Clark
This award is presented to an outstanding Country Music artist, duo/group, or industry leader in recognition of years of dedication and service to the Academy of Country Music.
ACM SPIRIT AWARD – Chris Stapleton
This award is presented to a singer-songwriter who is continuing the legacy of Country Music legend Merle Haggard by following his/her own path, crafting great songs, and epitomizing Haggard’s spirit through genuine performances and great storytelling.
ACM POET’S AWARD – Sonny Throckmorton and Shania Twain
This award is presented to a Country Music songwriter for outstanding and longstanding musical and/or lyrical contributions throughout their career, with special consideration given to a song or songs’ impact on the culture of Country Music.
ACM FILM AWARD – Yellowstone
This award recognizes an outstanding television movie, series, or feature film released during the preceding calendar year which prominently features Country Music.
ACM SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR AWARD – HARDY (Previously Announced)
This award is presented to an individual known predominately as a songwriter, selected by a professional panel of judges composed of songwriters, publishers, producers, and performing rights organization (PRO) representatives.
Lauren Jo Black
Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.