Some of country music’s biggest stars cleared everything in their calendars on Wednesday night (Aug. 22) to be at the 12th annual ACM Honors.
Lauren Alaina and Jon Pardi hosted the event at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium where special honorees and off-camera winners from the 2018 ACM Awards were celebrated with special musical tributes and moments in the spotlight. Alaina and Pardi kicked off the night with a performance of “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow,” in honor of the Cliffie Stone Icon honoree, Alan Jackson.
Rising artist and a member of CMT’s Next Women of Country program, Kassi Ashton performed “Body Like a Backroad” in tribute to Sam Hunt, who received the Gene Weed Milestone award. Joe Diffie performed “The Grand Tour” in tribute to the late Norro Wilson, a Poet’s award recipient.
Cam covered Buck Owens’ “Cryin’ Time” in tribute to the late Mickey & Chris Christensen and Eddie Miller, the recipients of the Mae Boren Axton Service award. Morgan Evans performed his song, “Things We Drink Too,” in tribute to his late manager Rob Potts (the Jim Reeves International award recipient).
Darius Rucker, the recipient of the Gary Haber Lifting Lives award, was saluted with an Old Crow Medicine Show performance of “Wagon Wheel.” Rhett Akins, the songwriter of the year, was honored with a medley of hits performed by Dallas Davidson, Ben Hayslip and Dustin Lynch.
Pardi performed “I Hold On” in tribute to Dierks Bentley, the recipient of the Merle Haggard Spirit award. Alaina, Deana Carter and Ashley McBryde performed a medley of “You & Tequila,” “Wrong Side of Memphis” and “Strawberry Wine” before presenting Matraca Berg with her Poet’s award. Chris Stapleton ended the night with a performance of “Here in the Real World” in tribute to Jackson.
A full list of industry and studio recording award winners can be found on the ACM’s website.
Enjoy scenes from Wednesday’s event:
Dierks BentleyErika Goldring/FilmMagic
Lindsay Ellason Kempin/Getty Images for ACM
Kip Moore (l) and CamTerry Wyatt/Getty Images for ACM
Ryan KinderErika Goldring/FilmMagic
Morgan Evans (l) and Kelsea BalleriniErika Goldring/FilmMagic
Dierks Bentley, Bobby Bones and Joe DiffieTerry Wyatt/Getty Images for ACM
Cassadee Pope and Sam PalladioErika Goldring/FilmMagic
Dustin LynchErika Goldring/FilmMagic
Alex Hopkins and Lauren AlainaTerry Wyatt/Getty Images for ACMErika Goldring/FilmMagicErika Goldring/FilmMagic
Ashley McBrydeErika Goldring/FilmMagic
Jimmie AllenErika Goldring/FilmMagic
Cam, Lauren Alaina and Lindsay EllJason Kempin/Getty Images for ACM
Kassi AshtonErika Goldring/FilmMagicason Davis/Getty Images for AMCason Davis/Getty Images for AMC
Dustin Lynch (l) and Kip MooreTerry Wyatt/Getty Images for ACM
Jon Pardi (l) and Emmylou HarrisJason Kempin/Getty Images for ACM
Ben Hayslip, Rhett Akins and Dallas DavidsonTerry Wyatt/Getty Images for ACM
Old Crow Medicne ShowTerry Wyatt/Getty Images for ACMJason Davis/Getty Images for AMC
Dallas Davidson, Dustin Lynch and Ben HayslipJason Davis/Getty Images for AMC
Sam Hunt and Jon PardiJason Kempin/Getty Images for ACM
Jon PardiJason Kempin/Getty Images for ACMErika Goldring/FilmMagic
Chris StapletonJason Davis/Getty Images for AMC
Lauren Alaina, Matraca Berg, Deana Carter and Ashley McBrydeJason Davis/Getty Images for AMC