Academy of Country Music Award Winners

03/30/2011
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Academy of Country Music announced the winners of awards who won't get face time on TV during the awards telecast on Sunday. These include awards for the actual musicians, honorary awards and awards for things like Casino of the Year.

Career Achievement Award: Reba has been chosen to receive the Career Achievement Award, which is presented to an individual artist, duo, group or multiple artist collaboration who have advanced the popularity and acceptance of country music through their endeavors in the entertainment industry in multiple areas during the preceding calendar year.

Jim Reeves International Award: Taylor Swift has been chosen to receive the Jim Reeves International Award, which is presented to an individual for outstanding contributions to the acceptance of country music throughout the world. Taylor Swift has encouraged fans around the world to discover country music. In addition to multiple gold and platinum awards from dozens of countries, Swift has already performed numerous dates in Europe and Asia this year.

Tex Ritter Award: Country Strong has been chosen as the recipient of the Tex Ritter Award, which is given to a movie released and/or receiving major exposure during the preceding calendar year, featuring or utilizing country music.

Mae Boren Axton Award: John Dorris 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.

Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award: Garth Brooks and Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers have been chosen to receive the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award honoring individuals who are pioneers in the country music genre.
Poet's Award: Tom T. Hall and Hank Cochran 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.

Musicians, Band, Instrumental Awards:
Producer Of The Year - Paul Worley
Audio Engineer Of The Year - Chuck Ainlay
Bass Player Of The Year - Glenn Worf
Percussionist/Drummer Of The Year - Eddie Bayers
Guitarist Of The Year - Tom Bukovac
Fiddle Player Of The Year - Aubrey Haynie
Piano/Keyboard Player Of The Year - Gordon Mote
Specialty Instrument(S) Player Of The Year - Bryan Sutton
Steel Guitar Player Of The Year - Dan Dugmore

Industry Awards
Casino Of The Year - Mohegan Sun Casino - Uncasville, Ct
Don Romeo Talent Buyer Of The Year - Steve "Bogie" Bogdanovich - Romeo Entertainment Group
Nightclub Of The Year - Joe's Bar - Chicago, Il
Promoter Of The Year - Sally Williams - Ryman Auditorium
Venue Of The Year - Ryman Auditorium - Nashville, Tn

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