The ACM (Academy of Country Music) has announced that Dierks Bentley will host the 6th Annual ACM Honors, recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 47th Annual ACM Awards. The event is set for Sept. 24 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. Tickets are priced at $37 and will go on sale to the public at 10:00 AM CT on Aug. 17 at the Ryman box office and www.ryman.com, Ticketmaster outlets and Ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

It's Dierks' first time hosting the event and the third year the ceremony will be held at the Ryman Auditorium. Special Award recipients include Bobby Braddock, Kenny Chesney, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Alan Jackson, Ricky Skaggs and Dwight Yoakam. Dallas Davidson, the winner of Songwriter of the Year will also be recognized with an award which has been given out only once, in 1965, to Roger Miller, a posthumous recipient of the Poet's Award this year.

Winners of awards not presented during the live telecast of the Academy of Country Music Awards will also be recognized during the event. (See the full list of honorees below.)

The ACM Special Awards are voted on by the ACM Board of Directors and are awarded during years that the Board of Directors feels there are clear and deserving candidates. Honorees include:

Bobby Braddock – Poet's Award

Kenny Chesney – Crystal Milestone Award

Vince Gill – Career Achievement Award

Emmylou Harris – Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award

Gayle Holcomb – Mae Boren Axton Award

Alan Jackson – Jim Reeves International Award

Roger Miller (posthumously) – Poet's Award

Billy Sherrill – Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award

Ricky Skaggs – Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award

Dwight Yoakam – Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award

The winners of the Musician-Bandleader-Instrumentalist (MBI) awards are voted on by Academy of Country Music members classified in the Artist-Entertainer/MBI category and the Producer/Engineer/Studio Manager subcategory (contained within the Affiliated category) on the final ballot. Honorees include:

Stuart Duncan - Fiddle Player of the Year

Shannon Forrest - Percussionist/Drummer of the Year

Paul Franklin - Steel Guitar Player of the Year

Kenny Greenberg - Guitarist of the Year

Aubrey Haynie - Specialty Instrument(s) Player of the Year

John Hobbs - Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year

Frank Liddell - Producer of the Year

Justin Niebank - Audio Engineer of the Year

Michael Rhodes - Bass Player of the Year

The winners of the Industry Awards categories are voted on by the membership of the Academy of Country Music on the final ballot. Honorees include:

Jimmy Jay, Jayson Promotions, Inc. – Don Romeo Talent Buyer of the Year

Brian O'Connell, Live Nation – Promoter of the Year

Billy Bob's Texas (Ft. Worth, Texas) – Nightclub of the Year

Bridgestone Arena (Nashville, Tenn.) – Venue of the Year

Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino (Las Vegas, Nev.) – Casino of the Year

The Songwriter of the Year Award winner is determined by a vote of Academy of Country Music members classified in the Artist-Entertainer/MBI, Composer, Music Publisher/PRO and Record Company categories, along with the Producer/Engineer/Studio Manager subcategory (contained within the Affiliated category) on the final ballot.

Songwriter of the Year - Dallas Davidson



Watch Dierks Bentley's "5-1-5-0" Video