Lauderdale, who has been hosting the annual ceremony for the past 14 years, will be feted with the Wagonmaster Award, named after industry legend Porter Wagoner, which is presented to those considered the most valuable contributors to the heritage of American roots music, reports CMT.com.

The moment will be made all the more special for Lauderdale as Strait will be on hand to personally honour his longtime pal at the Nashville, Tennessee event on 21 September (16).

The 64-year-old has recorded a string of Jim's tracks over the years, including The King of Broken Hearts, I Wasn't Fooling Around, What Am I Waiting For, and Don't Make Me Come Over There (and Love You).

Lauderdale is also famed for working with the likes of George Jones, Willie Nelson, Dr. Ralph Stanley, Elvis Costello, and Lucinda Williams, while his tunes have been recorded by the Dixie Chicks, Vince Gill, and Blake Shelton too.