Everything You Need to Know About the 2018 ACM Honors
In August, the Academy of Country Music will host its annual ACM Honors ceremony, honoring additional trophy winners and those not recognized during April's televised ACM Awards ceremony. Originally, the event was held in Nashville and not televised, but in recent years, the ceremony has been broadcast on a later date, offering fans the opportunity to see some of what happens on that special night.
From when and where to who's being honored, read on below to learn everything you need to know about the 2018 ACM Honors festivities.
What Are the ACM Honors?
The ACM Honors ceremony celebrates special honorees and category winners whose awards presentations happen off-camera at the ACM Awards. The night’s honorees include the winners of the ACM's Special Awards, Industry Awards and Studio Recording Awards, as well as 2018's Songwriter of the Year recipient.
When Are the 2018 ACM Honors?
For its 12th year, the 2018 ACM Honors ceremony will take place at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on Aug. 22.
How Can I Watch the 2018 ACM Honors?
in 2016, the ACM Honors ceremony was broadcast on CBS for the first time ever, a few days after it took place in Nashville. The trend continued in 2017, and the 2018 ACM Honors ceremony will also air on CBS after the event. The Boot will update this story with the time and date of broadcast when it's made available.
Who’s Hosting the 2018 ACM Honors?
In 2016, country trio Lady Antebellum hosted the ACM Honors show; however, in 2017, there was no official host. There is no word yet about a host or co-hosts for 2018.
Who’s Being Honored at the 2018 ACM Honors?
- Bentley is receiving the 2018 ACM Merle Haggard Spirit Award, which recognizes those who continue Haggard's legacy "by following his/her own path, crafting great songs and epitomizing Merle’s spirit through genuine performances and great storytelling."
- Hunt will be lauded with the ACM Gene Weed Milestone Award, in recognition of his smash hit "Body Like a Back Road," which broke and re-set country music's one-week streaming record 14 times in 2017 and spent a record-setting 34 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The Milestone Award recognizes "a specific, unprecedented or outstanding achievement in the field of country music during the preceding calendar year."
- Alan Jackson will receive the ACM Cliffie Stone Icon Award, which honors those "who throughout their career [have] advanced the popularity of the genre through their contributions in multiple facets of the industry."
- Darius Rucker will be presented with the ACM Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award in recognition of his work raising money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and other philanthropic efforts. The Lifting Lives Award honors those who are "devoted to improving lives through the power of music, has a generosity of spirit and is committed to serving others."
- Matraca Berg and Norro Wilson will receive the ACM Poet's Award, "for outstanding and longstanding musical and/or lyrical contributions throughout their career."
- Mickey Christensen, Chris Christensen and Eddie Miller are receiving the ACM Mae Boren Axton Service Award, recognizing "years of dedication and service to the Academy of Country Music."
- Rob Potts is earning the ACM Jim Reeves International Award, for "outstanding contributions to the acceptance of country music throughout the world."
Rhett Akins, 2018's ACM Songwriter of the Year, as well as other Industry Awards and Studio Recording Awards winners, will also receive their trophies that night.
Who’s Performing at the 2018 ACM Honors?
As soon the details about who is performing at the show are shared, The Boot will add the information.
Who’s Presenting at the 2018 ACM Honors?
The Boot will update this story with a list of presenters as soon as it's available.
Who Will Be Attending the 2018 ACM Honors?
Generally, the night's honorees, the performers and presenters, and media members attend the ACM Honors ceremony.