Today the Academy of Country Music announced the winners of awards that will not be televised during the live telecast of the 47th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, to be telecast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 1 on CBS.
Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award
Emmylou Harris, Billy Sherrill, Ricky Skaggs and Dwight Yoakam have been chosen to receive the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award honoring individuals who are pioneers in the country music genre.
Crystal Milestone Award
Kenny Chesney is honoring Kenny for his achievements.
Career Achievement Award
Vince Gill has been chosen to receive the Career Achievement Award, which is presented to an individual artist, duo, group or multiple artist collaboration who have advanced the popularity and acceptance of country music through their endeavors in the entertainment industry in multiple areas during the preceding calendar year.
Jim Reeves International Award
Alan Jackson has been chosen to receive the Jim Reeves International Award, which is presented to an individual for outstanding contributions to the acceptance of country music throughout the world.
Bobby Braddock and Roger Miller have been selected to receive the Poet’s Award, which honors songwriters for outstanding musical and/or lyrical contributions throughout their careers in the field of country music. Braddock's classic cuts include Tammy Wynette’s divine “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” and George Jones’ iconic “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” as well as the famous couple’s enduring duet, “Golden Ring.” Braddock also wrote Tracy Lawrence’s “Time Marches On,” Toby Keith’s “I Wanna Talk About Me” and Billy Currington’s “People Are Crazy.” Miller wrote “King of the Road," “Dang Me” Ray Price’s “Invitation to the Blues,” and the score of the musical "Big River."
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR – Dallas Davidson
CASINO OF THE YEAR – Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV
DON ROMEO TALENT BUYER OF THE YEAR – Jimmy Jay – Jayson Promotions, Inc.
NIGHTCLUB OF THE YEAR – Billy Bob’s Texas – Ft. Worth, TX
PROMOTER OF THE YEAR – Brian O’Connell – Live Nation
VENUE OF THE YEAR – Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR – Frank Liddell
AUDIO ENGINEER OF THE YEAR – Justin Niebank
BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Michael Rhodes
PERCUSSIONIST/DRUMMER OF THE YEAR – Shannon Forrest
GUITARIST OF THE YEAR – Kenny Greenberg
FIDDLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Stuart Duncan
PIANO/KEYBOARD PLAYER OF THE YEAR – John Hobbs
SPECIALTY INSTRUMENT(S) PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Aubrey Haynie
STEEL GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Paul Franklin