ACM Announces Non-Televised Award Winners
April 6, 2010 at 10:20 AM (PT)
The ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC has announced the winners of the awards that will not be televised during the live telecast of the 45th Annual ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS. The show will be broadcast from the MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA in LAS VEGAS on APRIL 18th at 8p (ET/PT) on CBS-TV.
The ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC SPECIAL AWARDS are voted on by the ACM BOARD OF DIRECTORS and are awarded during years where the BOARD OF DIRECTORS “feels there are clear and deserving candidates.” MBI AWARDS and INDUSTRY AWARDS are voted on by professional members of the Academy. SPECIAL AWARDS, INDUSTRY AWARDS and MBI AWARDS are presented to recipients at ACM HONORS, which will take place in NASHVILLE on SEPTEMBER 21st.
KEITH URBAN has been chosen to receive the JIM REEVES INTERNATIONAL AWARD, which is presented to an individual for outstanding contributions to the acceptance of Country music throughout the world. Past recipients of the JIM REEVES INTERNATIONAL AWARD include GARTH BROOKS, DICK CLARK, ROY CLARK, MERV GRIFFIN, CHARLIE NAGATANI, BUCK OWENS and DOLLY PARTON.
MARTY ROBBINS and MEL TILLIS have been chosen to receive the CLIFFIE STONE PIONEER AWARD, which honors individuals who are pioneers in the country music genre. DON SCHLITZ and CINDY WALKER have been selected to receive the POET’S AWARD, which honors songwriters for outstanding musical and/or lyrical contributions throughout their careers in the field of Country music.
“Crazy Heart” has been chosen as the recipient of the TEX RITTER AWARD, which is given to a movie released and/or receiving major exposure during the preceding calendar year, which features or utilizes Country music. ROD ESSIG will receive the MAE BOREN AXTON AWARD, which is given in recognition of years of dedication and service by an outstanding individual to the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC.
MUSICIAN/BANDLEADER/INSTRUMENTALIST (MBI) AWARDS:
Producer Of The Year
Audio Engineer Of The Year
Top Bass Player Of The Year
Top Percussionist/Drummer Of The Year
Top Guitarist Of The Year
Top Fiddle Player Of The Year
Top Piano/Keyboard Player Of The Year
Top Specialty Instrument(s) Player Of The Year
Top Steel Guitar Player Of The Year
Venue Of The Year
SOMMET CENTER - NASHVILLE, TN (effective MARCH 2nd, 2010, this venue was renamed the BRIDGESTONE ARENA)
Nightclub Of The Year
BILLY BOB'S TEXAS - FT. WORTH, TX
Casino Of The Year
GREEN VALLEY RANCH RESORT, SPA AND CASINO -- LAS VEGAS, NV
Don Romeo Talent Buyer Of The Year
TODD BOLTIN - VARIETY ATTRACTIONS, INC.
Promoter Of The Year
BRIAN O'CONNELL - LIVE NATION
For more information on the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC, see www.acmcountry.com.