While honoring Emmylou's contributions with the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award is obviously well-deserved, I was rather taken aback by the actual wording of the ACM's announcement (see http://www.acmcountry.com/special_awards.html
"Emmylou Harris brought a graceful delivery, beautiful harmonies and a wealth of exceptional material to her career in country music. Harris was discovered at a nightclub in Washington D.C., then provided her signature vocals to Gram Parsons’ seminal recordings. On her own, she arrived on the country charts in 1975. Over the next decade, she racked up 21 Top 10 singles, including five No. 1 hits. The Trio album with talented friends Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt earned the 1987 ACM Award for Album of the Year. Harris was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008."
Is it only me, or does it seem that the ACM's consistent use the past tense in Emmylou's write-up (specifically in the first sentence) implies that Emmylou's contributions are now all in the past? By contrast I note that Ricky Skaggs' write-up ends by stating that he's still active ("Since that time [the 1980's], Skaggs has focused on bluegrass music and now leads one of the most respected ensembles in the genre"), as does Dwight Yoakam's ("He remains active in music and film"). While most of Emmylou's write-up correctly uses the past tense to refer to actual past events, at the very least I'd change the first sentence to read "Emmylou Harris has continued to bring a graceful delivery, . . .", indicating that these characteristics not only were displayed in the past but are still displayed now. "Hard Bargain" and her current projects with Phil Madeira and Rodney Crowell all clearly show that Emmylou is continuing to enrich our lives with her music!