Note: The following is an abbreviated version of the press release issued in March 2013. Readers
can view the entire release by clicking on the link provided.
ENCINO, CA (March 22, 2013) – Today, the Academy of Country Music is announcing the winners
of awards that will not be televised during the 48th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS,
due to time constraints. The ceremony will be telecast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden
Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on
the CBS Television Network. Special Awards, Industry Awards, MBI (Musician, Bandleader, Instrumentalist)
and Songwriter of the Year honorees will be feted at the 7th Annual ACM Honors
event on September 10, 2013 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
The Academy of Country Music Special Awards are voted on by the ACM Board of Directors and
are awarded during years where the Board of Directors feels there are clear and
deserving candidates. Industry Awards are voted on by professional members
of the Academy. The MBI ballot is voted on by professional members
of the Academy classified in the Artist-Entertainer/Musician-Bandleader-Instrumentalist category,
and the Producer-Engineer-Studio Manager sub-category (contained within the
Affiliated category). The Songwriter of the Year ballot is voted on
by professional members of the Academy in the following categories: Artist-Entertainer/Musician-Bandleader-Instrumentalist,
Composer, Music Publisher/PRO, Record Company, and the Producer/Engineer/Studio Manager
subcategory (contained within the Affiliated category).
Mae Boren Axton Award - Tommy Wiggins has been chosen as the
recipient of the Mae Boren Axton Award, which is given in recognition of years
of dedication and service by an outstanding individual to the Academy of Country Music.
Tommy Wiggins co-founded the organization that is now the Academy of Country Music. While
pursuing opportunities performing on radio and on stage, Wiggins lived in Tucson and
Nashville before relocating in 1960 to Los Angeles, where he appeared on
local television shows. Along with releasing several singles on Stadium Records,
Wiggins launched a radio industry publication titled D.J.’s Digest. In 1964, he teamed
with songwriter Eddie Miller and club owners Mickey and Chris Christensen
to stage a Los Angeles-based awards show and form the Country Western Music Academy--later
renamed the Academy of Country Music--to draw attention to country artists based
on the West Coast.
Past recipients of the Mae Boren Axton Award include John Dorris, Rod Essig, Gayle Holcomb,
Jack Lameier, Marge Meoli,Ray Pilzak, Gaynelle Pitts, Gene Weed and David Young.
Poet’s Award - Guy Clark and Hank Williams have been selected to receive
the Poet’s Award, which honors songwriters for outstanding musical and/or lyrical contributions
throughout their careers in the field of country music.
Guy Clark has earned the respect of countless songwriters by crafting
his compositions with wit, wisdom and warmth. This native Texan made a lasting impression
with his 1975 debut album Old No. 1. His extensive songwriting catalog includes cuts
by Johnny Cash (“Texas 1947”), Kenny Chesney (“Hemingway’s Whiskey”), Rodney Crowell (“She’s Crazy for Leaving”)
and Ricky Skaggs (“Heartbroke”). Meanwhile, his own recordings of “L.A. Freeway”
and “Desperadoes Waiting for a Train” make listeners feel as though they know him personally.
The 2011 collection, This One’s For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark, received a Grammy
nomination for best folk album.
Hank Williams remains one of the most revered songwriters in history. A native
of Alabama, Williams’ commercial style found a champion in music publisher Fred Rose in 1946.
Despite a brief career, Williams catalog includes “Cold, Cold Heart,” “Hey Good Lookin’”
and “Your Cheatin’ Heart.” His compositions have been recorded by
Tony Bennett, Jimmy Buffett, Norah Jones, Jerry Lee Lewis, Charley Pride, Linda Ronstadt and
Hank Williams Jr., among many others. The legendary figure was found dead
on Jan. 1, 1953. He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961 and received
the 1973 ACM Pioneer Award. Hank Williams will be inducted posthumously.
Previous recipients of the Poet’s Award include Bill Anderson, Bobby Braddock,
Hank Cochran, Merle Haggard, Tom T. Hall, Harlan Howard,Roger Miller, Fred Rose,
Don Schlitz and Cindy Walker.
About the Academy of Country Music Awards
The 48th Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest
names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The show is produced for television
by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in
Las Vegas Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS
Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Orly Adelson and R.A. Clark are executive producers.
Barry Adelman is producer, and Bob Bardo is the executive in charge of production. Bob Romeo
is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.