ACM Awards 2013 pays tribute to Dick Clark, changes Artist of the Decade Award to honor him
Clark's son, R.A. Clark, personally reached out to two previous winners of the award, George Strait and Garth Brooks, to perform in honor of his father. "I personally reached out with handwritten notes to both guys. I've been thinking about this over the last year since my father passed away and said 'Who better to honor my father than these two guys who are the reigning artists of the decade?'" said R.A. Clark said in a press call.
Brooks and Strait, both Country Music Hall-of-Famers, teamed up for the first time for the tribute. They sang "The Dance" and "The Cowboy Rides Away" and received a standing ovation.