The Academy of Country Music announced the Industry Award and Studio Recording Award winners for the 12th annual ACM Honors ceremony, which will take place August 22 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The ceremony will recognize the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 53rd ACM Awards.
The ACM Honors will pay tribute to a number of artists for their specific achievements, including Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt, Darius Rucker, Matraca Berg, Mickey and Chris Christensen, Eddie Miller, Rhett Akins, Rob Potts, Matraca Berg and Norro Wilson.
Performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets for the event, which will be co-hosted by Lauren Alaina and Jon Pardi, are on sale now.
Check out the list of Industry Award winners and Studio Recording Award winners below.
Industry Award Winners
- NIGHTCLUB OF THE YEAR: Cotton Eyed Joe – Knoxville, TN
- CASINO OF THE YEAR – SMALL CAPACITY: The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino – Las Vegas, NV
- CASINO OF THE YEAR – MEDIUM CAPACITY: MGM Grand Garden Arena – Las Vegas, NV
- VENUE OF THE YEAR – SMALL CAPACITY: The Georgia Theatre – Athens, GA
- VENUE OF THE YEAR – MEDIUM CAPACITY: The Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
- VENUE OF THE YEAR – LARGE CAPACITY: Shoreline Amphitheater – Mountain View, CA
- FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR: Country Thunder – Florence, AZ
- DON ROMEO TALENT BUYER OF THE YEAR: R. J. Romeo – Romeo Entertainment Group
- PROMOTER OF THE YEAR – Brian O’Connell – Live Nation
Studio Recording Award Winners
- BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Jimmie Lee Sloas
- DRUMMER OF THE YEAR – Fred Eltringham
- GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Rob McNelley
- PIANO/KEYBOARDS PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Jim ‘Moose’ Brown
- SPECIALTY INSTRUMENT(S) PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Danny Rader
- STEEL GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Paul Franklin
- AUDIO ENGINEER OF THE YEAR – Justin Niebank
- PRODUCER OF THE YEAR – Dave Cobb
photo by Jason Simanek