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Ronnie Dunn, Rodney Atkins Among Artists Added to ACM Honors

Ronnie Dunn photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Ronnie Dunn, Rodney Atkins, Randy Houser, Jack Ingram, Jamey Johnson, Montgomery Gentry, Jerrod Niemann, Thompson Square and Lee Ann Womack are among the artists who have been added to the 5th Annual ACM Honors lineup. Joe Nichols is set to host the event and will also perform. Other artists scheduled to perform include Dean Dillon, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, The Isaacs, and The Whites.

ACM Honors is an evening dedicated to recognizing special honorees and off-camera winners from the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. This year’s event will be held at the Ryman Auditorum in Nashville on September 19. Laura Bell Bundy, Ralph Emery, John Michael Montgomery and Buddy Cannon are also scheduled to appear. Tickets are still available at and are $37 each.

Artists that will be honored include:

Special Awards recipients:

  • Garth Brooks – Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award
  • Hank Cochran (posthumously) – Poet’s Award
  • John Dorris – Mae Boren Axton Award
  • Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers –Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award
  • Tom T. Hall — Poet’s Award
  • Reba – Career Achievement Award
  • Taylor Swift – Jim Reeves International Award
  • Country Strong* — Tex Ritter Award (Produced by Tobey Maguire & Jenno Topping; executive produced by Meredith Zamsky; directed by Shana Feste;  Production studio Screen Gems / Sony Pictures Entertainment.)

Winners of the MBI (Musician/Bandleader/Instrumentalist) categories:

  • Chuck Ainlay - Audio Engineer of the Year
  • Eddie Bayers - Percussionist/Drummer of the Year
  • Tom Bukovac - Guitarist of the Year
  • Dan Dugmore - Steel Guitar Player of the Year
  • Aubrey Haynie - Fiddle Player of the Year
  • Gordon Mote - Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year
  • Bryan Sutton - Specialty Instrument(s) Player of the Year
  • Glenn Worf* - Bass Player of the Year
  • Paul Worley - Producer of the Year

Winners of the Industry Awards categories:

  • Steve “Bogie” Bogdanovich – Romeo Entertainment Group – Don Romeo Talent Buyer of the Year
  • Sally Williams, Ryman Auditorium – Promoter of the Year
  • Joe’s Bar (Chicago, IL) – Nightclub of the Year
  • Mohegan Sun Casino (Uncasville, CT) – Casino of the Year
  • Ryman Auditorium (Nashville, TN) – Venue of the Year


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