Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton Take Early ACM Nods

Stars announced as off-camera winners.

Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum and other acts are among the early winners of special Academy of Country Music awards, announced Friday (March 22). The Academy of Country Music Special Awards are voted on by the ACM Board of Directors and are awarded during years where the Board of Directors feel there are clear and deserving candidates.

These particular honors will not be televised during the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards show, April 7, on CBS due to time constraints. Check out some of the major winners of these special awards:

Jason Aldean—Crystal Milestone Award for achieving headliner status during 2012. Past recipients have included Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney and Taylor Swift.

Blake Shelton—Gene Weed Special Achievement Award, which acknowledges outstanding individual accomplishments in country music.

Lady Antebellum—Jim Reeves International Award for their Own the Night World Tour, which played to sold-out venues in Canada and Australia. This award is given to artists for outstanding contributions to the acceptance of country music throughout the world.

The Judds and the late Keith Whitley—Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award, honoring acts who blazed new trails in country music.

Hank Williams Sr. and Guy Clark—Poet's Award, given to outstanding songwriters.

Dallas Davidson—Songwriter of the Year.

Congratulations to all the winners from CW!

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