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ACM Awards Establish Merle Haggard Spirit Award

The Academy of Country Music has established the Merle Haggard Spirit Award to honor the late Merle Haggard.

According to ACM the award will be presented to a performer whose career reflects the uncompromising integrity and steadfastness of spirit embodied by the late Merle Haggard.

Haggard passed away on April 6 of this year at the age of 79.

The ACM Honors will be hosted by Lady Antebellum and air September 9 on CBS.

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