Dick Clark’s fingerprints are all over the music industry and the awards shows that celebrate it. Now the Academy of Country Music will honor him by naming its “Artist of the Decade” award after Clark. Garth Brooks and George Strait, who won that award for the 90s and 2000s, will perform together for the first time as a tribute. It will be a much anticipated part of the ACM Awards April 7.
Clark began producing the ACM Awards in 1979. His son, R.A. Clark, is now an executive producer on the show. He personally extended the invitation to Brooks and Strait.
“Dick helped make country music accessible to a larger fan base, and his efforts will not be forgotten,” Strait said. “Garth and I were so grateful when we each received the ACM Artist of the Decade award, so it’s only fitting that we’ll be honoring him with this tribute performance at the ACMs.”
Brooks is equally excited.
“There may be others who have contributed as much to the music industry, but there is definitely no one that has contributed more than Dick Clark. He was music’s best friend and a dear friend to me.”
Strait is retiring from touring, although he insists he is not retiring from music. Brooks has slowed down his appearances too, although he ended his short “retirement” in 2009. This should be a great moment in the show. The ACM Awards will air on CBS April 7.