Last night artists, songwriters, industry folks and fans gathered at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium to celebrate the off-camera awards from the 51st Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the ACM Honors. Normally a low-key gathering, this year’s show pulled out the big guns with a performance packed show fit for television. Ironically enough, the show will air September 9th on CBS at 9PM ET/PT.
Musicians, songwriters, artists honored each other with one-of-a-kind covers of songs made famous by those before them. Paying tribute to those that paved the way. Without giving it all away, stand-out performances include Maren Morris’ “Delta Dawn,” Kelsea Ballerini’s tribute to Crystal Gayle with “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,” Luke Bryan and Cole Swindell’s “Love a Rainy Night” tribute to Eddie Rabbit… but the performance of the night goes to Alicia Keys and Cam absolutely killing Little Big Town‘s “Girl Crush.” Seriously. Those girls can sing.
Winners of the evening include:
ACM Triple Crown Award: Jason Aldean
ACM Mae Boren Axton Award: Keith Urban
ACM Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award:
The Statler Brothers
ACM Poets Award:
ACM Merle Haggard Spirit Award: Miranda Lambert
ACM Songwriter of the Year: Ross Copperman
ACM Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award: Carrie Underwood
ACM Crystal Milestone Award: Little Big Town
ACM Jim Reeves International Award: Jeff Walker
ACM Career Achievement Award: Glen Campbell
The ACM Honors will air September 9th on CBS.
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