6_w433_h311_s1Morgan Whitley, Lorrie Morgan, and Jesse Keith Whitley
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In a special, deserving and long-awaited family gathering, Lorrie Morgan and her children, Jesse Keith Whitley and Morgan Whitley, accepted the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award in recognition of the late Keith Whitley for his contributions to the history and future of country music as part of the Academy of Country Music’s Seventh Annual ACM Honors on Tuesday evening, September 10, 2013.

2_w451_h275_s1Lorrie Morgan and Jesse Keith Whitley
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Concluding the honors and awards event held at the historic Ryman Auditorium (Nashville, TN), Lorrie and son, Jesse Keith, performed their heartfelt rendition of “Til A Tear Becomes A Rose" to which the performance met with overwhelming and embracing applause.  (The song was originally recorded by Keith Whitley as a duet with Lorrie and posthumously released in 1990; it was the only single from Whitley’s GREATEST HITS album. The single peaked at No. 13 on the country singles charts.)

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  Morgan Whitley, Lorrie Morgan, and Jesse Keith Whitley (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for ACM) In a special, deserving and long-awaited family gathering, Lorrie Morgan and her children, Jesse Keith Whitley and Morgan Whitley, accepted the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award in recognition of...