Thursday, August 7, 2008
– Martina McBride will host the first official Academy of Country Music Honors, an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 43rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, on Sept. 17 in Nashville.
Those being honored include Special Award recipients Bill Anderson, Dick Clark, Brenda Lee, the Oak Ridge Boys, Fred Rose, Conway Twitty and Porter Wagoner, and winners of the MBI (musician, bandleader, instrumentalist) categories, which are not televised during the live telecast of the Academy of Country Music Awards.
"The Academy is delighted that Martina McBride will help us pay tribute to our special honorees and MBI winners," said Michelle Goble, Director of Membership and Events at the Academy of Country Music. "A similar reception we held last year was so well-received that we're naming and officially devoting this new annual academy event, to acknowledge the contributions these winners make to the country music industry."
"I'm thrilled to be a part of the ACM Honors," said McBride.
The special awards are voted on by the ACM Board of Directors and are awarded during years where the Board of Directors "feels there are clear and deserving candidates," according to a statement from the ACM.
Bill Anderson and Fred Rose were picked to receive the first-ever Poet's Award, honoring songwriters for outstanding musical and/or lyrical contributions throughout their careers in the field of country music.
Brenda Lee, The Oak Ridge Boys, Conway Twitty, and Porter Wagoner were picked to receive the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award honoring individuals who are pioneers in the country music genre.
The winners of the MBI awards are voted based on Academy of Country Music ballots in their respected category. Honorees include:
Guitarist - Dann Huff
Piano/keyboard - Matt Rollings
Bass - Michael Rhodes
Percussion/drummer - Shannon Forrest
Steel guitar - Paul Franklin
Fiddle - Stuart Duncan
Specialist instrument - Jerry Douglas
Audio engineer - Justin Niebank
Producer - Mark Wright
The 43rd annual ACMs were held in May.