ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® ANNOUNCES SPECIAL AWARD
HONOREES INCLUDING MIRANDA LAMBERT, CHRIS STAPLETON,
SHANIA TWAIN, MORGAN WALLEN, and YELLOWSTONE
THE 15TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC HONORS™ WILL TAKE PLACE WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24 AT THE HISTORIC RYMAN AUDITORIUM IN NASHVILLE, TN
ACM Country <--Full Press Release
June 1, 2022
NASHVILLE, TN – The Academy of Country Music® announced today the recipients of the Special Awards for the 57th ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™. Honorees will be celebrated during the 15th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC HONORS™, frequently described as the “Country Music Industry’s favorite night,” during an unforgettable evening of live music and tributes. The event will take place Wednesday, August 24, 2022 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. City National Bank is the presenting partner of the evening. Performers, host, and ticket on-sale information will be announced in the coming weeks.
“ACM Honors is truly a special and unique night as the entire Country Music community comes together to celebrate the achievements of artists, musicians, and industry executives that have made a positive impact on the industry during the prior year or over their careers,” said Academy of Country Music CEO Damon Whiteside. “Being the 15th anniversary of this event also makes it a night to remember some of the Academy’s pioneers who originally inspired these honors.”
ACM POET’S AWARD – Sonny Throckmorton and Shania Twain have each been chosen as recipients of the ACM Poet’s Award. This award is presented to a Country Music songwriter for outstanding and longstanding musical and/or lyrical contributions throughout their career, with special consideration given to a song or songs’ impact on the culture of Country Music.
Sonny Throckmorton’s legendary songwriting career began in the late 1970s when he had 150 songs cut within a nine-month span. Between 1976 and 1980, a Throckmorton-penned song appeared on the charts almost every single week. Throughout his storied career, Throckmorton had more than 1,000 songs recorded by an astounding list of artists, including Ray Charles, Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson, The Judds, George Strait, Tanya Tucker, and more. Among his cuts, Throckmorton notched No. 1 singles with Johnny Duncan, The Oak Ridge Boys, and T.G. Sheppard. He also co-wrote classics such as Merle Haggard's "The Way I Am," Jerry Lee Lewis' "Middle Age Crazy," George Strait's "The Cowboy Rides Away," and The Judds’ 1984 ACM Song of the Year, "Why Not Me." Throckmorton has received countless accolades for his contributions to the Country Music genre, including Songwriter of the Year recognition from organizations such as Cashbox Magazine (1978), Nashville Songwriters Association International (1978-1979), Broadcast Music, Inc (1980), and the DJs of America (1980). In 1985, Throckmorton was inducted into the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.
International superstar Shania Twain has established her career as one of Country Music’s most versatile and invigorating songwriters, with instantly-recognizable hits and an undeniable crossover appeal that has earned her three ACM Awards and five GRAMMYs. The release of her album The Woman in Me in 1995, featuring her breakthrough hit single “Any Man of Mine,” was awarded ACM Album of the Year at the 31st ACM Awards, the same year Twain took home the title of ACM Top New Female Vocalist. Twain has released five total albums, becoming the first artist in history to release three consecutive diamond-certified albums. With more than 100 million albums sold worldwide, Twain remains the top-selling female Country Pop artist of all time. Her incredible creative achievements led her to win ACM Entertainer of the Year in 1999. Twain’s first album in 15 years, NOW, was released in September 2017 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, making it the first female Country release in over three years to top the all-genre chart. Twain is currently performing at her second residency in Las Vegas, titled “Let’s Go!” at the Zappos Theater in Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
Previous recipients of the ACM Poet’s Award include Bill Anderson, Rodney Crowell, Dean Dillon, Kye Fleming, Merle Haggard, Tom T. Hall, Toby Keith, Kris Kristofferson, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, Buck Owens, Eddie Rabbitt, Fred Rose, Don Schlitz, Billy Joe Shaver, Shel Silverstein, Cindy Walker, and Hank Williams, among others.