Alan Jackson puts his own spin on one of George Strait’s most-loved hits Getty Images/Terry Wyatt
Getty Images/Terry Wyatt

The star power at this year’s ACM Honors event is staggering, and this preview clip from the show will give you a good idea of what to expect on the upcoming TV special.

George Strait is recognized as this year’s Cliffie Stone Icon Award recipient, and the ACM lined up some major talent to pay tribute to him in song. In this clip, you can see fellow country legend Alan Jackson putting his stamp on Strait’s 1985 hit, “The Fireman.”

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Both Alan and George were all smiles as the song’s uptemo beat got the crowd revved up. Alan sang the song in a medley with another ’80s Strait hit, “Marina Del Rey.”

Chris Stapleton also honored George Strait with an emotional cover of “When Did You Stop Loving Me” from the “Pure Country” soundtrack. George himself also got onstage to sing  “Here for a Good Time” after accepting his award. You can see the full performances on ‘The 11th Annual ACM Honors” TV special airing September 15 on CBS.

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In addition to the Strait tributes, Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott and Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlpaman and Karen Fairchild teamed up for a few songs in honor of Mae Boren Axton Service Award winner Reba McEntire. Dolly Parton was also honored, with Brad Paisley performing a cover of her hit “My Tennessee Mountain Home.” And Maren Morris saluted the late Glen Campbell with a performance of his classic song, “Galveston.”

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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