Lee Ann Womack Hosts 2nd Annual ACM Off-Camera Awards

Posted by Nick Zeitz on 09/24/2009

The Academy of Country Music held its 2nd Annual ACM Honors, an entire night dedicated to special honorees and off-camera winners. The event was hosted by Lee Ann Womack on Sept. 22 in Nashville. 
The special night was filled with video tributes, live bands and performances, and historical video retrospectives. Interviews with Special Award recipients included Merle Haggard, Harlan Howard, Dolly Parton, Jerry Reed, Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, Hank Williams Jr. and numerous other Country Music veterans.  
Live performances included:

  • John Anderson, performing Randy Travis’ “Diggin’ Up Bones”
  • Bobby Bare, performing Jerry Reed’s “A Thing Called Love”
  • Vince Gill, performing Merle Haggard’s “Holding Things Together”
  • The Grascals, performing a medley of Hank Williams Jr.’s “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight,” “Born To Boogie” and “Woman I’ve Never Had”
  • Jamey Johnson, performing a medley of Hank Williams Jr.’s “Whiskey Bent & Hell Bound,” “Country Boy Can Survive,” and “Family Tradition”
  • Miranda Lambert, performing Merle Haggard’s “Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Star” and Hank Williams Jr.’s “Anymore Love Songs”
  • Jim Lauderdale, performing  a medley of Harlan Howard’s “Pick Me Up On Your Way Down,” “Heartaches By The Number” and “Tiger By the Tail”
  • Patty Loveless, performing Harlan Howard’s “Blame It On Your Heart”
  • Brent Mason, performing a medley of Jerry Reed’s “Amos Moses” and “Guitar Man”
  • Joe Nichols, performing Merle Haggard’s “Okie From Muskogee”
  • James Otto, performing Randy Travis’ “Deeper Than The Holler”
  • Kellie Pickler & Jamey Johnson, performing Kenny Rogers’ “Every Time Two Fools Collide”
  • John Rich, performing Kenny Rogers’ “Lucille”
  • Blake Shelton, performing Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler”
  • Carrie Underwood, performing Randy Travis’ “I Told You So”
  • Steve Wariner, performing Jerry Reed’s “East Bound & Down”
  • Lee Ann Womack, performing a medley of Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5,” “Here You Come Again” and “ She’s An Eagle When She Flies”

Those artists in charge of delivering the honors include Rodney Atkins, who presented the Industry awards, and Eddie Montgomery and Charlie Cook, who presented the MBI Awards. Nominations come from the ACM Board of Directors who choose clear and deserving candidates throughout years of Country Music service.
While some winners were there in person to accept the award, several awards were accepted on behalf of the artist by friends and family. Harlan Howard was posthumously awarded, thus his widow, Melanie Howard, accepted the award. Jerry Reed's grandchildren were in attendance to accept his award. Likewise, Hank Williams Jr.'s daughters accepted his award as he had prior commitments.  

Winners of the MBI (Musician/Bandleader/Instrumentalist) categories:

  • Chuck Ainlay – Audio Engineer of the Year
  • Tony Brown – Producer of the Year
  • Tom Bukovac – Top Guitarist of the Year
  • Eric Darken (Tied) - Top Specialty Instrument(s) Player of the Year
  • Dan Dugmore – Top Steel Guitar Player of the Year
  • Aubrey Haynie – Top Fiddle Player of the Year
  • Jelly Roll Johnson (Tied) – Top Specialty Instrument(s) Player of the Year
  • Greg Morrow – Top Percussionist/Drummer of the Year
  • Gordon Mote – Top Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year
  • Glenn Worf – Top Bass Player of the Year

Winners of the Industry Awards categories:

  • Fran Romeo, Romeo Entertainment – Don Romeo Talent Buyer of the Year
  • Louis Messina, The Messina Group – Promoter of the Year
  • Joe’s Bar (Chicago, IL) – Nightclub of the Year
  • The Ryman Auditorium (Nashville, TN) – Venue of the Year
  • Turning Stone Casino (Verona, NY) – Casino of the Year