Reba McEntire, George Strait Tributes Highlight 2017 ACM Honors [PICTURES]
On Wednesday night (Aug. 23), country artists and fans packed Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium for the 2017 ACM Honors ceremony. Reba McEntire, George Strait, Dolly Parton and more were among this year’s honorees, and a number of tribute performances were highlights of the annual event.
Hillary Scott opened the 2017 ACM Honors with her own rendition of McEntire’s “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia,” before Karen Fairchild joined her for “Does He Love You.” Fairchild’s Little Big Town bandmate Kimberly Schlapman then turned their duo into a trio for “Little Rock,” after which the three presented McEntire with the Mae Boren Axton Service Award.
In honor of Strait, who was receiving the Cliffie Stone Icon Award, Chris Stapleton sang “When Did You Stop Loving Me,” while Alan Jackson offered up a medley of “Marina Del Rey” and “The Fireman.” Strait himself sang “Here for a Good Time” after accepting his honor at the end of the evening.
Also among the 2017 ACM Honors tributes were performances in honor of Shel Silverstein (Chris Janson singing “A Boy Named Sue” and “Cover of the Rolling Stone”), Glen Campbell (Maren Morris performing “Galveston”) and Dolly Parton (Brad Paisley covering “My Tennessee Mountain Home”). Flip through the photo gallery above to see pictures from the event.
The ACM Honors ceremony celebrates special honorees and category winners whose awards presentations didn’t make the ACM Awards broadcast, which takes place in April. The night’s honorees include the winners of the ACM’s Special Awards, Industry Awards and Studio Recording Awards, as well as the Songwriter of the Year recipient. The 2017 ACM Honors ceremony will air on CBS on Sept. 15 at 9PM ET.
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