NASHVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 24: Country music artist Kenny Chesney receives the Crystal Milestone Award at the 6th Annual ACM Honors at Ryman Auditorium on September 24, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Country music fans, superstar Music City talent and industry elite turned out in force last night for the Academy of Country Music’s 6th Annual ACM Honors, an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. The sold-out event, hosted by Dierks Bentley for the first time, was held in Nashville at the historic Ryman Auditorium. The evening was presented by City National Bank.
The night included a mix of live music, historical video retrospectives and current video tributes and interviews with industry veterans honoring Special Awards recipients Bobby Braddock, Kenny Chesney, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Gayle Holcomb, Alan Jackson, Roger Miller (posthumously), Billy Sherrill, Ricky Skaggs and Dwight Yoakam, winners of the MBI (Musician, Bandleader, Instrumentalist) categories Stuart Duncan, Shannon Forrest, Paul Franklin, Kenny Greenberg, Aubrey Haynie, John Hobbs, Frank Liddell, Justin Niebank and Michael Rhodes and winners of the Industry Awards categories, Jimmy Jay (Jayson Promotions, Inc.), Brian O’Connell (Live Nation), Billy Bob’s Texas (Ft. Worth, TX), Bridgestone Arena (Nashville, TN) and Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino (Las Vegas, NV) and Songwriter of the Year recipient Dallas Davidson.
Career Achievement Award: Vince Gill received the Career Achievement Award, which is presented to an individual artist, duo, group or multiple artist collaboration who have advanced the popularity and acceptance of country music through their endeavors in the entertainment industry in multiple areas during the preceding calendar year. Gill returned to the country scene in 2011 with an appealing new album, Guitar Slinger, and the enthusiastic response proved that he had been missed. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean proclaimed an official Vince Gill Week in conjunction with the album’s release. Gill also served as Grand Marshal of Nashville’s Christmas parade. In addition, Gill and wife Amy Grant graced the cover of Good Housekeeping. A Country Music Hall of Fame member, he earned a Grammy nod for “Threaten Me With Heaven.” more!