ACM to Honor Gene Weed

The late Gene Weed, who directed and produced the Academy of Country Music Awards for more than 30 years, will be honored with a special tribute during the May 3 broadcast on CBS.

Weed, senior vice president of television for dick clark productions, lost his long battle with cancer last August. He had served as both chairman of the board and president of the Academy. In addition to the ACM Awards, Weed directed and produced the Golden Globe Awards and the Soap Opera Digest Awards among his many accomplishments.

Reba McEntire will host the tribute segment, and Tim McGraw will perform his hit “Please Remember Me,” which is competing for both song and single of the year. To further honor Weed, the ACM’s board of directors has voted to rename its special achievement trophy the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award. The honor, which recognizes unprecedented and outstanding individual achievement in country music during the preceding calendar year, has had only three recipients — George Burns, Jeff Foxworthy and Garth Brooks.

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