June 19, 2009 — Alan Jackson's getting his name set in concrete in Hollywood, Marty Stuart has a road being named after him in Mississippi and Dierks Bentley's being flagged by a financial publication in New York.
They're among the country stars earning special awards and recognition at the moment for their accomplishments:
• Alan Jackson has been tabbed to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the coming months, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Other musicians in the latest wave of Walk of Fame inductees include Ringo Starr, Roy Orbison, Chaka Khan, ZZ Top, Bryan Adams, Randy Newman and Van Morrison. Among the country stars already in the Walk of Fame: Tim McGraw, Dwight Yoakam, Loretta Lynn and Reba McEntire.
=E 2 Aaron Tippin will receive a DAR Founders Medal for Patriotism from the Daughters of the American Revolution July 10 in Washington, D.C. "This is an honor for which I am without words," Aaron says. "Regardless of what we think is right or wrong, or politically correct or incorrect, the bottom line is that our American brothers and sisters are fighting for our freedom — to speak freely and live freely. I do not take their sacrifices lightly."
• Marty Stuart Drive will be dedicated in Philadelphia, Miss., on July 9 as the city proclaims Marty Stuart Day, according to The Neshoba Democrat. An exhibit honoring Marty will also open that day at the Philadelphia-Neshoba County Historical Museum, and Marty will sing that night at a concert that also features his wife, Grand Ole Opry star Connie Smith. The event occurs the day after the couple celebrates its 12th anniversary.
• Dierks Bentley is the only country act being recognized by Forbes magazine as one of the 10 developing celebrities most likely to break out into the upper realms of stardom. The list is dominated by actors in TV's "NCIS" and "CSI" franchises. Also appearing in the Top 10: "How I Met Your Mother" actress Cobie Smulders, CNN reporter Campbell Brown and comedian Demetri Martin.
• Three country artists have picked up gold or platinum awards from the Recording Industry Association of America thus far this month. Carrie Underwood earned a gold single for her cover o f Randy Travis' "I Told You So," Kellie Pickler grabbed her own gold single for "Red High Heels," and George Strait collected a platinum album for Troubadour.