By Kirt Webster
The legendary Mickey Gilley, who has appeared in Pigeon Forge on numerous occasions and will be performing at the Country Tonite Theatre on September, 25, is celebrating a new milestone as the recipient of the 2015 ACM Triple Crown Award. It’s the Academy’s recognition of artists who have previously won ACM Awards in all three of the following categories: New Artist (1974); Male/Female Vocalist and/or Vocal Duo/Vocal Group (1976); and Entertainer of the Year (1976).
The Triple Crown Award was presented to Gilley by multi-platinum singer Darius Rucker during ACM Presents: Superstar Duets which was taped for a two-hour television special at Globe Life Park on Friday, April 17 in Arlington, Texas. It was part of the 3-day 50th Academy of Country Music Awards® celebration and is set to air on Friday, May 15 on the CBS Television Network.
“Receiving the ACM Triple Crown Award is truly an honor of a lifetime. I’m thankful for the recognition and grateful to all those who helped me reach this incredible mark of achievement as I celebrate more than 50 years in the entertainment industry,” Gilley says.
In addition to being honored with the 2015 ACM Triple Crown Award, Mickey Gilley is marking the 35th anniversary of the Urban Cowboy movie and taking the spotlight across North America with this year’s concert tour.