ACM Introduces Inaugural Merle Haggard Spirit Award For '10th Annual ACM Honors'
August 22, 2016 at 11:31 AM (PT)
The ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC (ACM) will celebrate the life and achievements of the late MERLE HAGGARD with the inception of the ACM MERLE HAGGARD SPIRIT AWARD to be debuted at the upcoming "10TH ANNUAL ACM HONORS." The recipient of the AWARD has yet to be announced, but will be honored as an uncompromising artist in the spirit of HAGGARD during the TUESDAY, AUGUST 30th taping at NASHVILLE's RYMAN AUDITORIUM (NET NEWS 8/10).
"MERLE passed shortly after our 2016 awards show and after this year's Special Awards were announced," said ACM Pres./Board KEN TUCKER. "That said, there was simply no way the ACADEMY could hold what may be its most heartfelt event -- 'ACM HONORS' -- without creating a lasting way to acknowledge his legacy. Celebrating and encouraging artists whose work echoes MERLE HAGGARD's indomitable spirit is beyond fitting. On behalf of the board, and with the blessing of his family, we are thrilled to create this important honor." The "10TH ANNUAL ACM HONORS" will make its television debut FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th at 9p (ET) on CBS-TV and will be hosted by LADY ANTEBELLUM (NET NEWS 5/24).