Eric Church and Willie Nelson are among the honorees for this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards. Honorees will likely be celebrated at the 11th annual ACM Honors ceremony, which is hosted at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on August 23rd.
Church will get the enviable Merle Haggard Spirit Award, which is given to the artist who represents the heritage of the late country legend.
Toby Keith and also the late Shel Silverstein rounding out the trio – who will get the Poet’s Award. As its name indicates, the Poet’s Award recognizes songwriters who’ve made “excellent and longstanding musical or lyrical contributions throughout their livelihood[s].”
Other honorees include George Strait (the Cliffie Stone Icon Award), Dolly Parton (the Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award), Kelsea Ballerini (the Gene Weed Landmark Award), Bob Kingsley and Reba McEntire (both receiving the Mae Boren Axton Service Award), the television series Nashville (the Tex Ritter Film Award), and Lori McKenna (Songwriter of the Year Award).