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Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Shelton take ACM honors

Friday, March 22, 2013 – Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum and Blake Shelton were among early winners named Friday for the 48th annual Academy of Country Music awards.

Aldean won the Crystal Milestone Award, while Shelton took the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award. Lady Antebellum took home the Jim Reeves International Award.

Other winners were:

Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award: The Judds and Keith Whitley

Poet's Award: Guy Clark and Hank Williams

Mae Boren Axton Award: Tommy Wiggins

Casino: Red Rock Casino & Resort, Las Vegas

Nightclub: Joe's Bar, Chicago

Venue: Ryman Auditorium, Nashville

Don Romeo Talent Buyer: Jerry Hufford (Buck Owens' Crystal Palace)

Promoter: Ed Warm (Joe's Bar)

Producer: Jay Joyce

Audio Engineer: Chuck Ainlay

Bass: Jimmie Lee Sloas

Percussionist/Drummer: Matt Chamberlain

Fiddle: Aubrey Haynie

Guitarist: J.T. Corenflos

Piano/Keyboards: Michael Rojas

Specialty Instrument: Ilya Toshinsky

Steel Guitar: Mike Johnson

Songwriter: Dallas Davidson

The ACMs will be held April 7 in Las Vegas

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