It's been a tough year when it comes to losing country music legends and songwriting giants, with the losses including former Academy of Country Music awards (ACM) Entertainer of the Year Kenny Rogers, Rogers' fellow Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Charlie Daniels, Americana forefather John Prine and Nashville legends Joe Diffie and Jan Howard.
To honor these icons and others lost in the past year, Trisha Yearwood will perform a special tribute version of her song "I'll Carry You Home" during CBS' Sept. 16 broadcast of the ACM Awards.
Yearwood announced the news on Tuesday (Sept. 8) via social media.
It's a fitting tribute to country music industry influencers for the first-ever ACM awards hosted from Nashville. The Keith Urban-hosted event was originally slated for a spring date in Las Vegas, but it got moved due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Before the changed date forced the ACMs to be hosted at the Ryman Auditorium, Grand Ole Opry House and the Bluebird Cafe, Nashville had hosted more Grammy award ceremonies (once, in 1973) than ACM presentations. Over the last 55 years, the ACMs have been hosted in California, Texas and Nevada.
Other performers on the Sept. 16 broadcast include country stars Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Luke Combs, Maren Morris, Kelsea Ballerini, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line and the team of Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani.
Another recently announced special performance will find Carrie Underwood paying tribute to the women of country music with a medley of songs by Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Barbara Mandrell, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton.
Written by songwriters Gordie Sampson, Caitlyn Smith and Troy Verges, "I'll Carry You Home" appears on Yearwood's most recent album, Every Girl.