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Mar292011

Reba, Garth and Taylor Among ACM Off-Camera Winners

Jordan Strauss/WireImage(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Academy of Country Music has announced the off-camera, special award winners for this year's ACM Awards. Show host Reba will be honored with the career achievement award, which recognizes a musical act that has advanced the popularity of country music in the preceding calendar year. Former winners in this category include Kenny Rogers, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.

Taylor Swift is getting the Jim Reeves International Award, which goes to an artist promoting country music throughout the world. Dolly Parton, Keith Urban, Garth Brooks and Buck Owens have received this honor in the past. The overseas leg of Taylor's Speak Now tour closes out Wednesday in London.

Tim McGraw and Gwyneth Paltrow's movie Country Strong will receive the ACM's Tex Ritter Award, recognizing a movie that has used country music in a big way. Previous winners include Walk The Line, O Brother Where Art Thou? and Beer For My Horses. Garth Brooks and Larry Gatlin & The Gatlins are getting the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award this year, honoring individuals who have paved the way for country music's continued success.

Tom T. Hall and Hank Cochran have been selected as this year's recipients of the Poet's Award. Tom wrote country classics like Jeannie C. Riley's "Harper Valley, P.T.A" and his own hits such as "Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine." The late Hank Cochran penned the Patsy Cline staples "She's Got You" and "I Fall To Pieces," and the George Strait hits "The Chair" and "Ocean Front Property."

The winners in these categories will be recognized at the ACM honors event this fall at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. The rest of the ACM winners will be announced live on the 46th Annual ACM Awards, broadcasting live on CBS Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET.

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