The event pays tribute to special award recipients and the non-televised winners from last spring's ACM Awards. Carrie will accept the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award, while Rascal Flatts is one of the recipients of the Jim Reeves International Award, acknowledging what they've done to promote country music outside the U.S.
Toby Keith has been tapped for the Career Achievement Award, along with Ronnie Milsap. Some of the other honorees include Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, and Buck Owens.
Jake Owen is on board to host the ceremony. He's also one of the many stars slated to perform at the event. The extensive lineup also features Dierks Bentley, Kacey Musgraves, and Hunter Hayes, while Kenny Chesney, Thomas Rhett, and The Swon Brothers are just a few of the presenters for the gala, taking place at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.
Select Academy of Country Music Special Award Winners
Career Achievement Award - Toby Keith and Ronnie Milsap
Gene Weed Special Achievement Award - Carrie Underwood
Crystal Milestone Award (recognizing career accomplishments) - Merle Haggard
Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award (recognizing pioneers in country music) - Bob Beckham
Jim Reeves International Award (promoting country music outside the U.S.) - Rascal Flatts and Opry Entertainment Group President Steve Buchanan
Poet's Award (for songwriting) - Jack Clement, Dean Dillon, Kris Kristofferson, and Buck Owens
Mae Boren Axton Award (recognizing years of dedication and service by an individual to the Academy of Country Music) - William Morris agency's Nashville head Paul Moore
Songwriter of the Year - Shane McAnally
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