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Luke Combs, Dan + Shay celebrated by friends at ACM Honors

Dan + Shay, Luke Combs, Rascal Flatts and extra nation artists have been celebrated alongside distinguished songwriters, producers and business leaders on the Academy of Nation Music Honors awards present.

In entrance of a restricted crowd on the Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday, artists paid tribute to different writers, bands and even a documentarian for his or her work within the style of nation music.

“With out the songwriters on this city, we might have none of this. We now have not one of the reveals, not one of the document gross sales,” mentioned Dan Smyers of the Grammy-winning duo Dan + Shay, who got the Jim Reeves Worldwide Award.

Combs’ rise to stardom in the previous few years has been unprecedented. He’s the primary artist to have his first 11 singles hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Nation Airplay chart. Nation singer Ashley McBryde tore by a rowdy model of his tune “She Bought the Better of Me,” earlier than presenting him with the Gene Weed Milestone Award.

“There’s an entire helluva lot extra nation music on this boy proper right here, and I am unable to wait so that you can hear it,” Combs mentioned as he raised the award within the air.

Lee Ann Womack, left, and Alan Jackson perform at the 14th Annual ACM Honors at Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

Lee Ann Womack, left, and Alan Jackson carry out on the 14th Annual ACM Honors at Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photograph by Amy Harris/Invision/AP) (AP NEWSROOM)


Carly Pearce, Alan Jackson and Lee Ann Womack sang tributes to nation icon Loretta Lynn, who obtained the Poets Award. Lynn, who spoke in an audio message however didn’t seem, referred to as it biggest award she might get.

PBS filmmaker Ken Burns accepted the Tex Ritter Movie Award for his multipart collection referred to as “Nation Music” that aired in 2019.

“We have been proud to deliver this story of this uniquely American music to tens of thousands and thousands of viewers,” Burns mentioned in a video assertion. “And we have been particularly gratified that our movie reached so many individuals who beforehand thought they did not like nation music, however rapidly grew to become followers.”

Nation group Rascal Flatts have been honored with the Cliffie Stone Icon Award. The trio introduced their retirement in 2020 after 20 years collectively.

“20 years fly by like that. It is fleeting,” mentioned Joe Don Rooney, of Rascal Flatts. “We now have been blessed.”


Jay DeMarcus nevertheless joked that whereas the band might have retired, he was nonetheless searching for work. “I’m unemployed. Should you guys want a bass participant, Girl A, I’ve obtained a selected ability set,” DeMarcus mentioned to laughs from the group.

Keith City carried out in honor of hit producer and songwriter Ross Copperman, who obtained the Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award together with Girl A. Brittney Spencer carried out the basic Martina McBride hit “Independence Day” to honor songwriter Gretchen Peters, who obtained the Poet’s Award. Toby Keith was additionally given a Poet’s Award, and Hint Adkins carried out Keith’s hit “Love Me If You Can.”


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