The Academy of Country Music has announced the first round of talent participating in the 14th annual ACM Honors. Hosted for the first time by two-time ACM Award winner Carly Pearce, artists confirmed to perform include Lauren Alaina, Devin Dawson, Sara Evans, Hardy, Chris Janson, Lady A, Ashley McBryde, RaeLynn, and Lee Ann Womack, with more talent to be announced in the coming weeks.
“The Academy is excited to be back in Nashville with our star-studded 14th Annual Academy of Country Music Honors celebration and to welcome ACM Award winner Carly Pearce as our host,” says Damon Whiteside, CEO of the Academy of Country Music. “We look forward to having industry and fans join us as we recognize the significant accomplishments of our 55th and 56th Studio Recording Awards, Industry Awards, Songwriter of the Year and Special Awards winners with a night of unforgettable performances. A special congratulations to all of our winners and honorees, and a huge thank you to all of our performers, partners and the country music community for joining us to celebrate them together at the Ryman.”
The 14th Annual ACM Honors is an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and winners from the 55th and 56th ACM Awards. The event will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and will be livestreamed on Circle Network’s social channels. Circle Network is also set to air a television special around the 14th Annual ACM Honors at a later date this year. Tickets for the event are available to the public now.
“I am humbled and excited to be hosting the 14th Annual Academy of Country Music Honors ceremony for the first time,” Pearce expresses. “Winning two ACM awards this year was a dream come true, and I cannot wait to share that same feeling with my fellow artists and industry friends as their special moments are recognized. I look forward to a night of honoring the best in country music on August 25!”
As previously announced, Special Award recipients to be celebrated at the 14th Annual ACM Honors include Joe Galante and Rascal Flatts (ACM Cliffie Stone Icon Award); Lady A and Ross Copperman (ACM Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award); Luke Combs (ACM Gene Weed Milestone Award); Dan + Shay (ACM Jim Reeves International Award); RAC Clark (ACM Mae Boren Axton Service Award); Toby Keith (ACM Merle Haggard Spirit Award); Loretta Lynn, Gretchen Peters and Curly Putman (ACM Poet’s Award); and Ken Burns’s Country Music (ACM Tex Ritter Film Award). The evening will also honor winners of the 55th ACM Industry Awards, 55th & 56th ACM Studio Recording Awards, along with 55th and 56th ACM Songwriter of the Year winner, Hillary Lindsey.
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