Trace Adkins, Ronnie Dunn, Alan Jackson and Brittney Spencer Complete Full Lineup of Performers and Presenters for 14th Annual Academy of Country Music Honors™ Taking Place on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at Nashville’s Historic Ryman Auditorium

Trace Adkins, Ronnie Dunn, Alan Jackson and Brittney Spencer complete full lineup of performers and presenters for 14th annual Academy of Country Music Honors™ taking place on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium

Special performances will be livestreamed on Circle Network’s social channels and air on Circle TV on Tuesday, November 23 at 8pm ET

WHAT: The 14th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC HONORS™, considered one of the industry’s favorite nights, is an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and winners from the 55th and 56th Academy of Country Music Awards™. The event will take place on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and will be livestreamed on Circle Network’s social channels – Circle All Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Circle Network will also air a television special around the 14th Annual Academy of Country Music Honors on Tuesday, November 23.

WHO: The 14th Annual Academy of Country Music Honors will be hosted by two-time ACM Award winner Carly Pearce. Artists confirmed to perform include Trace Adkins, Lauren Alaina, Devin Dawson, Jessie Jo Dillon, Ronnie Dunn, Sara Evans, Nicolle Galyon, HARDY, Alan Jackson, Chris Janson, Lady A, Ashley McBryde, Carly Pearce, RaeLynn, Jordan Reynolds, Brittney Spencer, Keith Urban, Laura Veltz, Sam Williams and Lee Ann Womack. Chris Janson will present the ACM Industry Awards and Studio Recording Awards for the evening. Additional special guest presenter, Sarah Trahern.

Special Award recipients to be celebrated at the 14th Annual Academy of Country Music Honors include Joe Galante and Rascal Flatts (ACM Cliffie Stone Icon Award), Lady A and Ross Copperman (ACM Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award), Luke Combs (ACM Gene Weed Milestone Award), Dan + Shay (ACM Jim Reeves International Award), RAC Clark (ACM Mae Boren Axton Service Award), Toby Keith (ACM Merle Haggard Spirit Award), Loretta Lynn, Gretchen Peters and Curly Putman (ACM Poet’s Award) and Ken Burns’s Country Music (ACM Tex Ritter Film Award). The evening will also honor winners of the 55th ACM Industry Awards, 55th & 56th ACM Studio Recording Awards, along with 55th and 56th ACM Songwriter of the Year winner, Hillary Lindsey.

WHEN: Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Virtual Press Room Opens at 5:00pm CT

Show Begins at 6:30pm CT

Virtual Press Room Closes at 9:00pm CT (Approx.)

Circle TV Air Date

14th Annual Academy of Country Music Honors™ to air on Circle TV on Tuesday, November 23 at 8pm ET with encore on Wednesday, November 24 at 12am ET.

WHERE: Ryman Auditorium – 116 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219

Virtual Press Room – Link to Livestream and Virtual Press Room to be shared with confirmed media in advance of show.

MORE: City National Bank is the presenting partner of the evening. Other partners include GEICO, Vera Bradley, Buffalo Trace Distillery, Prevost and 1000 Stories Wine who is the official wine partner for the Academy and Academy of Country Music Honors.

As we look towards our upcoming Academy of Country Music Honors show on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, the Academy of Country Music (ACM) has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 crisis and emergence of the Delta Variant. Our Country Music artists, fans, and hardworking crews who make our events possible are our top priority and as such, we are looking to put everyone’s health and safety at the forefront of our event. After much consideration, the ACM has made the decision to require proof of full vaccination or of negative COVID-19 test to gain entry into the Ryman Auditorium for ACM Honors. Please note that vaccination documentation must show at least two weeks post-second dose. COVID-19 tests can be PCR or Antigen tests but must show negative result within 48 hours of venue entry. There are no exceptions to this policy. Additionally, masks are strongly encouraged, but not required. We appreciate your understanding of these protocols and your commitment to making ACM Honors a safe and enjoyable show for all of us and look forward to an unforgettable night in Nashville.

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About Academy of Country Music Honors™
Academy of Country Music Honors™ is an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and additional winners from the Academy of Country Music Awards, including the Special Awards, Studio Recording Awards, Industry Awards and Songwriter of the Year Award. The 14th Annual Academy of Country Music Honors will take place Wednesday, August 25, 2021, at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. The show is executive produced by Damon Whiteside. For more information, visit
About Carly Pearce:
Fiercely rooted in the classics, the girl who left her Kentucky home and high school at 16 to take a job at Dollywood has grown into a woman who embraces the genre’s forward progression and is confident in what she wants to say. In a full circle surprise, iconic superstar and Grand Ole Opry member Dolly Parton extended the coveted invitation to Carly after 85+ appearances. She also partnered with the Country Music Hall of Fame on Unbroken Circle: Exploring Country Music History with Carly Pearce to connect the genre’s legacy and future. Lighting a fire with her debut album EVERY LITTLE THING and the PLATINUM-certified history making title track, Carly’s 2X PLATINUM-certified duet with Lee Brice, “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” followed as her second chart-topping single. The CMA and double ACM Awards winner discovered that truth and songs are the greatest form of resilience upon facing both the loss of her producer and champion busbee and the break-up of her marriage. Carly marked a new chapter coming of age and finding creative simpatico with Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne with 29, the start to her upcoming full album 29: WRITTEN IN STONE. Due September 17 on Big Machine Records, these 15 songs – the original seven, plus eight more – trace the arc of realizing, accepting and moving on wiser for the experience. Leading the collection is “Dear Miss Loretta,” a highly personal outreach to Country Music Hall of Famer Loretta Lynn featuring fellow Kentucky icon Patty Loveless. For the latest tour dates, including direct support for Lady A on the WHAT A SONG CAN DO TOUR, visit
About Chris Janson:
Who is Chris Janson? He’s a “live legacy in the making” (Rolling Stone). Breakout country star Janson is a platinum-selling recording artist, high-octane entertainer, multi-instrumentalist, and award-winning singer/songwriter. The three-time CMA nominee has collected prestigious accolades that place him amongst country music greats. He took home the trophy for ACM Video of the Year for his Gold-certified, inspiring hit song “Drunk Girl,” which also earned the Song of the Year title at the 2018 MusicRow Awards and was named one of the “Ten Songs I Wish I’d Written” by NSAI. His chart-topping, 3x Platinum smash “Buy Me A Boat” earned the same NSAI honor, making Janson one in a handful of the industry’s most elite artists to earn the title multiple times, as well as the iHeartRadio Music Awards Country Song of the Year. “Good Vibes,” the flagship single from his 2019 album Real Friends, and follow-up “Done” both topped the country charts, bringing his total of No.1 hits to four – and now the hit-maker has new music on the horizon. In addition to his own successes, the talented songwriter has lent his pen to industry peers including Tim McGraw (“Truck Yeah,” “How I’ll Always Be”), LOCASH (“I Love This Life”) and the legendary Hank Williams Jr. (“God Fearin’ Man,” “Those Days Are Gone”).
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Courtesy of ACM

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