Hosted by Lady Antebellum opened with a song by Glen Campbell and this special show honors other artists.
Performances : Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bently, Cole Swindell & Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert. Keith Urban, Cam & Alicia Keys, Carrie Underwood, Kelsea Ballerini, Blake Shelton, Toby Keith.
Mae Boren Axton Award Keith Urban – 11 trophies and appearing on all the country shows since 2001 and given his time to charities.” The thing that has defined country music is a sense of community is in our genre, ACM Lifting Lives everyone is included in amazing work”
Cliffee Stone Pioneer Award Tanya Tucker– 56 top forty singles and she has been endeared to fans and another singer sang Delta Dawn. ” Thank you to all of those who came before me and my parents who believed in me”
Songwriter of Year Ross Copperman–wrote songs for Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Florda Georgia Line and Brett Eldridge. “ we have such a conversation through music he takes it and works it into something that’s magic” Brett Eldridge. He produced last two albums for Dierks Bently.
Poet’s Award Eddie Rabbitt- he wrote songs for Ronnie Millsap and Elvis songs. Luke Bryan and Cole Swindell sang I Love The Rainy Night. His children accept this award since he had passed away. ” Its amazing that his music and words are appreciated to this day”
Pioneer Award Crystal Gayle- younger sister of Loretta Lynn , awards 17 number one singles in the 70s and 80s. First female artist to have a platinum album. Her song Don’t It Make Your Brown Eyes Blue sung by Kelsea Ballerini. ” Seems like yesterday I was accepting the award for most promising artist”
Triple Crown Award Jason Aldean- 17 number one hits and 1400 albums. He carved out his own way of doing his music. New Artist of Year 2006, Entertainer of the Year etc.
Merle Haggard Spirit Award Miranda Lambert- She paints a picture with her music and takes you places. “ I feel so blessed to be a part of country music ” She sang Misery & Gin.
Pioneer Award Statler Brothers- Their first hit won them a grammy and later ended up on soundtrack of Pulp Fiction. They performed for presidents and had their own variety show. Chris Young & Dan and Shay sang Flowers on The Wall. They retired in 2002.and had a 40 year career ” We loved every year of our career and thank the Lord for an amazing life”
Poet’s Award Jimmy Webb–inducted in the song writers hall of fame and he wrote for Donna Summers and Fifth Dimension, Waylon Jennings etc. he wrote with Glen Campbell. The Band Perry sang one of his songs. “Songwriting is a treasured yet threatened American tradiction they are not be compensated for their work”
ACM Lifting Lives Gary Haber Award Carrie Underwood- presented award by her husband the award is after her former business manager and a charity award. ” Its important to pass things on through music” She sang Temporary Home.
Crystal Milestone Award Little Big Town– Girl Crush won 2 grammys, most downloaded country song of 2015 and stayed at number one on the charts for 13 weeks beating a record set in 1959. Cam & Alicia Keys performed the song. ” We got to be a part of an amazing song when three songwriters came up with the song and we got to put our soul and hearts into it”
Career Achievement Award Glen Campbell- toured with beach boys and frank Sinatra before going out on his own. Self taught guitarist and got 5 grammys, 11 ACM awards and 27 top ten country hills. He is currently dealing with Alezimers and went on a farewell tour. His children joined in country stars Blake Shelton ” Southern Nights”, Dierks Bently ” Gentle On My Mind” Keith Urban ” Witchita Lineman” and Toby Keith . All the guys singing Rhinestone Cowboy.