Chris Stapleton, Kane Brown, HARDY, Tim McGraw and more will all receive Special Awards at the 2023 ACM Honors, which aims to celebrate all the key players that have had a significant impact on country music over the past twelve months.
Chris Stapleton will receive the ACM Triple Crown Award, in recognition of the Kentucky crooner winning the ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year (2016), ACM Male Vocalist of the Year (2018) and the ACM Entertainer of the Year, which he took home at this year's ceremony.
In receiving the 2023 ACM Triple Crown Award, Stapleton joins a prestigious group of artists to have won the big three accolades at the ACMs - New Male/Female Artist of the Year, Male/Female Artist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year - including Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Brooks & Dunn, Mickey Gilley and Merle Haggard.
In addition, Kane Brown will be given the ACM International Award at the August 23 ceremony at The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, which will once again be hosted by Grammy-winner and ‘We Don't Fight Anymore’ singer-songwriter, Carly Pearce.
Breland has been selected for the inaugural ACM Lift Every Voice Award, which recognises an artist, industry leader or partner who is carrying out fantastic work in bolstering the presence and voice of under-represented groups across country music.
The ACM Icon Award will be bestowed upon Mike Dungan and Tim McGraw, while Troy Vollhoffer will receive the ACM Lifting Lives Award. Clint Black, Mary Chapin Carpenter and K.T. Oslin will each take home the ACM Poet's Award, which celebrates artists and songwriters that have contributed stellar lyricism to the genre throughout their careers.
The ACM Service Award will be picked up by Charlie Cook and Bill Mayne, with the ACM Spirit Award being given to the late great Charlie Daniels, in honour of him ensuring the legacy of Merle Haggard remains prominent in today's landscape.
As was announced in the lead-up to the 2023 ACM Awards in May, country-rock maverick, HARDY, is the recipient of this year's Artist-Songwriter of the Year Award, while prolific Nashville hitmaker, Ashley Gorley, is the 2023 ACM Songwriter of the Year.
For the full list of Special Award winners at the 2023 ACM Honors, see below:
ACM Triple Crown Award
ACM Icon Award
ACM International Award
ACM Lift Every Voice Award
ACM Poet's Award
Mary Chapin Carpenter
ACM Service Award
ACM Spirit Award
ACM Lifting Lives Award
ACM Songwriter of the Year
ACM Artist-Songwriter of the Year
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