Dierks Bentley Honored with Merle Haggard Spirit Award at 2018 ACM Honors

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It was a night of outstanding awards, but not the kind that you see on TV. The 12th Annual ACM Honors, where the Academy of Country Music recognizes the recipients of off-camera awards, took place Wednesday night at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and Dierks Bentley was one of it’s prestigious nominees.

Dierks was receiving the Merle Haggard Spirit Award, which recognized the singer’s trail blazing career.

Dierks Bentley ACM Honors award

In a video presentation, U2’s Bono spoke highly of Dierks, sharing that when the Arizona native sings “Home, “I feel patriotic about America and I’m not even American.” High praise from the rock star. Jon Pardi took the stage to honor his friend by performing an acoustic version of “I Hold On” and Ricky Skaggs had the honor of presenting Dierks with the award.

But it was before the show that One Country‘s Kelly Sutton caught up with Dierks, as he strolled along the red carpet to talk about even more trailblazing moments the 42-year-old singer has on the horizon.

There’s a lot going on, It’s crazy. I’m opening for Kenny this weekend. This is the first time I played with Kenny in like 12 years, Dierks tells One Country. “The next weekend I have my own festival in Colorado, we’re launching Seven Peaks [Festival], which it’s going really well as far as ticket sales go. And then I play Madison Square Garden after that. Pretty wild three weeks in a row so I’m really excited.”

Lisa Konicki
A New Yorker that made her way to the South, Lisa got her love of country music from her dad, who always played the classics. However, her love of fried pickles, a southern staple, came from Blake Shelton, who made her try her very first one. With 20 years experience in the music biz—previously at the helm of Country Weekly Magazine —Lisa loves to de-stress by going to the movies, playing and watching sports or just being outdoors.

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