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Country stars to be honored in ACM TV special

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/30/2017
FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2016 file photo, Dolly Parton poses in the press room with the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award during the 50th annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn. Parton is one of several country stars who will be honored by the Academy of Country Music during a television special later this year. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2016 file photo, Dolly Parton poses in the press room with the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award during the 50th annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn. Parton is one of several country stars who will be honored by the Academy of Country Music during a television special later this year. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — George Strait, Dolly Parton, Kelsea Ballerini, Eric Church, Reba McEntire, Toby Keith, Willie Nelson and Shel Silverstein will be honored by the Academy of Country Music during a television special.

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2017, file photo, Willie Nelson performs in Nashville, Tenn. Nelson is one of several country stars who will be honored by the Academy of Country Music during a television special later this year. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2017, file photo, Willie Nelson performs in Nashville, Tenn. Nelson is one of several country stars who will be honored by the Academy of Country Music during a television special later this year. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

ACM announced Tuesday the special award honorees for the ACM Honors show, to be held in Nashville on Aug. 23 and broadcast at a later date on CBS.

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2015 file photo, George Strait poses for a portrait at the MGM Grand Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. Strait is one of several country stars who will be honored by the Academy of Country Music during a television special later this year. (Photo by Al Powers/Powers Imagery/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2015 file photo, George Strait poses for a portrait at the MGM Grand Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. Strait is one of several country stars who will be honored by the Academy of Country Music during a television special later this year. (Photo by Al Powers/Powers Imagery/Invision/AP, File)

Strait will receive the Cliffie Stone Icon Award and Parton will receive the Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award. The Gene Weed Milestone Award will go to Ballerini, while Church will receive the Merle Haggard Spirit Award. McEntire and radio DJ Bob Kingsley will receive the Mae Boren Axton Service Award, while Keith, Nelson and Silverstein will get the Poet's Award.

FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2017, file photo, Kelsea Ballerini poses in Nashville, Tenn. Ballerini is one of several country stars who will be honored by the Academy of Country Music during a television special later this year. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2017, file photo, Kelsea Ballerini poses in Nashville, Tenn. Ballerini is one of several country stars who will be honored by the Academy of Country Music during a television special later this year. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

The TV show "Nashville" will receive the Tex Ritter Film Award.

FILE - This Nov. 2, 2016 file photo shows Reba McEntire at the 50th annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn. McEntire is one of several country stars who will be honored by the Academy of Country Music during a television special later this year. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

FILE - This Nov. 2, 2016 file photo shows Reba McEntire at the 50th annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn. McEntire is one of several country stars who will be honored by the Academy of Country Music during a television special later this year. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
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