PHOTOS: Inside the 12th Annual ACM Honors
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:
Kip Moore (l) and Cam
Morgan Evans (l) and Kelsea Ballerini
Dierks Bentley, Bobby Bones and Joe Diffie
Cassadee Pope and Sam Palladio
Alex Hopkins and Lauren Alaina
Cam, Lauren Alaina and Lindsay Ell
Dustin Lynch (l) and Kip Moore
Jon Pardi (l) and Emmylou Harris
Ben Hayslip, Rhett Akins and Dallas Davidson
Old Crow Medicne Show
Dallas Davidson, Dustin Lynch and Ben Hayslip
Sam Hunt and Jon Pardi
Lauren Alaina, Matraca Berg, Deana Carter and Ashley McBryde