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    2013 ACM Awards Early Winners Announced: Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum Nab Special Honors

    Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton ABC/SARA KAUSS

    And the countdown to the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards has officially begun!

    Early winners for the ACM Awards, including special award recipients, industry awards, MBI awards and Songwriter of the Year winners, were announced today. These initial accolades will not be televised during the 48th annual broadcast due to time constraints.

    Cohosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, the ACM Awards will be telecast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 7 at 8 p.m. on CBS.

    Early winners not featured in the program will be celebrated at the 7th Annual ACM  Honors event on Sept. 10 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Here's a complete list of current honorees:  

    Check out all the ACM nominations

    Special Awards

    Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award (honoring recording pioneers in the country music genre): Keith Whitley and The Judds

    Crystal Milestone Award (given to an artist or industry leader to commemorate an outstanding achievement): Jason Aldean

    Gene Weed Special Achievement Award (honoring outstanding individual achievement in country music): Blake Shelton

    See a complete list of last year's winners

    Jim Reeves International Award (honoring an artist for outstanding contributions to the acceptance of country music around the world): Lady Antebellum

    Mae Boren Axton Award (honoring years of service to the Academy of Country Music): Tommy Wiggins

    Poet's Award: (honoring songwriters for musical or lyrical contributions to country music): Guy Clark and Hank Williams 

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    Industry Awards

    Casino of the Year: Red Rock Casino & Resort, Las Vegas, NV

    Nightclub of the Year: Joe's Bar, Chicago, IL

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    Venue of the Year: Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN

    Don Romeo Talent Buyer of the Year: Jerry Hufford, Buck Owens' Crystal Palace

    Promoter of the Year: Ed Warm, Joe's Bar

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    MBI (Musician, Bandleader, Instrumentalist) Awards

    Producer of the Year: Jay Joyce

    Audio Engineer of the Year: Chuck Ainlay

    Bass Player of the Year: Jimmie Lee Sloas

    Percussionist/Drummer of the Year: Matt Chamberlain

    Check out the nominations from 2012

    Fiddle Player of the Year: Aubrey Haynie

    Guitarist of the Year: J.T. Corenflos

    Piano/Keyboards Player of the Year: Michael Rojas

    Specialty Instrument(s) Player of the Year: Ilya Toshinsky

    Steel Guitar Player of the Year: Mike Johnson

    Songwriter of the Year

    Dallas Davidson 

    See all the 2012 ACM Awards arrivals!

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