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Keith Urban Is Special Honoree at 2010 ACM Awards

April 7, 2010, 6:16 am GMT

In addition, 'Crazy Heart', a movie about a broken-down, hard-living country music singer, gets Tex Ritter Award.

Keith Urban

Keith Urban is announced as 2010 recipient of Jim Reeves International Award at the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. The country music crooner is handed with the special honor for his efforts in spreading country music internationally.

77-year-old Mel Tillis and late Marty Robbins are also given special award. They receive Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award for their early contributions to country music. Poet's Award, an honor presented to songwriters, is handed to Don Schlitz and late Cindy Walker.

Another special award is given to Scott Cooper-directed movie "Crazy Heart". The film, starring Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Colin Farrell among other, earns Tex Ritter Award because it features country music.

2010 ACM Awards will take place on April 18 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Brooks & Dunn, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins are booked to sing at the gig. Host Reba McEntire will also take the stage for a live performance.

This year, the nomination list of Academy of Country Music Awards is dominated by Lady Antebellum. The band grab seven nods, including Top Vocal Group of the Year and Album of the Year. Other artists who opt to receive multiple nominations include Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift, Zac Brown Band and Brad Paisley.

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