Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Shelton take ACM honors
Friday, March 22, 2013
– Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum and Blake Shelton were among early winners named Friday for the 48th annual Academy of Country Music awards.
Aldean won the Crystal Milestone Award, while Shelton took the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award. Lady Antebellum took home the Jim Reeves International Award.
Other winners were:
Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award: The Judds and Keith Whitley
Poet's Award: Guy Clark and Hank Williams
Mae Boren Axton Award: Tommy Wiggins
Casino: Red Rock Casino & Resort, Las Vegas
Nightclub: Joe's Bar, Chicago
Venue: Ryman Auditorium, Nashville
Don Romeo Talent Buyer: Jerry Hufford (Buck Owens' Crystal Palace)
Promoter: Ed Warm (Joe's Bar)
Producer: Jay Joyce
Audio Engineer: Chuck Ainlay
Bass: Jimmie Lee Sloas
Percussionist/Drummer: Matt Chamberlain
Fiddle: Aubrey Haynie
Guitarist: J.T. Corenflos
Piano/Keyboards: Michael Rojas
Specialty Instrument: Ilya Toshinsky
Steel Guitar: Mike Johnson
Songwriter: Dallas Davidson
The ACMs will be held April 7 in Las Vegas
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