Carrie Underwood to Receive Special ACM Award

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Country music star Carrie Underwood will join Rascal Flatts, Toby Keith and Ronnie Milsap in receiving special ACM awards in September.

Underwood will receive the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award, honoring her "unprecedented, unique and outstanding individual achievement in country music."

The Career Achievement Award will go to singers Keith and Milsap, as well as Opry Entertainment Group President Steve Buchanan.

Rascal Flatts will receive the Jim Reeves International Award, which honors an artist for "outstanding contributions to the acceptance of country music throughout the world."

The quintet will receive their awards Sept. 9 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

It's been a busy year for the former American Idol winner. Her single Blown Away Medley! remains at No. 1 for another week on Top 20 Country Countdown.

She was also named the 2013 top-earning American Idol alum by Forbes Magazine in January, amassing over $31 Million. That sum not only beat other Idol winners, but exceeded the annual earnings of last year's judges Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj.

Underwood and husband Mike Fisher — a professional hockey player — have had a difficult time arranging their schedules to spend time together, which has led to some speculation that their marriage may be on the rocks.

However, Underwood and Fisher continue to do whatever they can to protect their marriage. “Mike is fuming,” said an inside source. “Carrie is thrilled about all the opportunities, but she’s very conflicted and confused. She and Mike are barely speaking.”

“Between his schedule with the Nashville Predators and her rehearsals, they barely saw each other the last three months. When they did steal some alone time, Carrie was wiped out physically and emotionally. The ordeal left Mike feeling neglected and ignored.”

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