Essig Honored At ACMs

The Academy of Country Music held its fourth ACM Honors in Nashville Sept. 20, with CAA’s Rod Essig getting a load of recognition.

The Honors, which recognizes special honorees and off-camera category winners of the Academy of County Music Awards, was held at Ryman Auditorium. Essig, a former ACM chairman, received the Mae Boren Axton Award for years of dedication and service to the ACM. Buxton Hughes performed “Big Blue Sky” in honor of Essig.

Live Nation’s Brian O’Connell received the promoter of the year award. Todd Boltin of Variety Attractions was named the Don Romeo talent buyer of the year and Billy Bob’s Texas was honored with the nightclub award. Casino of the year went to Green Valley Ranch Resort, Spa and Casino in Las Vegas, and Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena is venue of the year.

The evening also included the musician/band leader/instrumentalist ACM winners. Along with Essig, recipients of Special Awards included Keith Urban, Mel Tillis and the film “Crazy Heart.”

The 45th annual Academy of Country Music Awards were held in Las Vegas April 18.