Bryan was honored with the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award for scoring six number 1 hits off his last album, "Crash My Party." His tour mate, Randy Houser, paid tribute to the singer by performing one of those chart-toppers, "Roller Coaster."
Aldean honored his heroes, Career Achievement Award recipients Alabama, with a medley of their hits, "Tennessee River," "Love in the First Degree" and "The Closer You Get." Alabama's frontman joked that Aldean performed those songs better than they did as he accepted the award.
Lambert closed the night out singing Crystal Milestone Award-recipient Loretta Lynn's hit, "Rated X," which speaks directly to Miranda's new status as a divorcee. While presenting the trophy to Lynn, Lambert said, "She sang songs that were not necessarily appropriate to sing at times like this for me. So, I'm so thankful for women empowerment.
Eric Church received the Jim Reeves International Award for taking country music around the world with his European tours. While accepting the trophy, he said he was extremely nervous before playing one of his first shows for a non-English speaking crowd in Germany. Once he smelled marijuana in the crowd, Church said he knew everything was going to be OK.
"They sang every song. They held their boots up. They smoked marijuana," he recalled. "I learned something that night. I learned that you don't have to speak English to speak music fluently."
Kacey Musgraves honored her producer Luke Laird, this year's ACM Songwriter of the Year, with a performance of their co-written song, "Good Old Boys Club."
Jake Owen returned as host for a second year and kicked the night off singing Alabama's "Feels So Right." Roy Clark, Chris Isaak, Holly Williams, Restless Heart and Josh Turner rounded out the performers for the evening.
The ACM Honors recognizes the Academy of Country Music winners not included in the April ACM Awards broadcast.