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By Sasha Savitsky, ,
Published January 13, 2017
Sturgill Simpson took to Facebook Monday night to blast the Academy of Country Music for it's new Merle Haggard Spirit Award.
The country music traditionalist accused the ACM of "hitch[ing] their wagon to his name" while knowing "what [Haggard] thought about them."
"If the ACM wants to actually celebrate the legacy and music of Merle Haggard, they should drop all the formulaic cannon fodder bulls--t they’ve been pumping down rural America’s throat for the last 30 years along with all the high school pageantry, meat parade award show bulls--t and start dedicating their programs to more actual Country Music," the singer-songwriter wrote.
Simpson's note went viral and while he received support from fellow country singers like Jason Isbell, he later updated his post saying he would be "blackballed" by Music Row for his remarks.
"I fully realize that as I type this, meetings and conversations are taking place on Music Row to ensure I am blackballed from the industry and that's perfectly fine with me," Simpson shared.
The ACM announced the new Merle Haggard Spirit Award last week saying it would honor artists who reflect "the uncompromising integrity and steadfastness of spirit embodied by the late Merle Haggard." It was announced yesterday that Miranda Lambert would receive the award Tuesday night at the ACM Honors.
Simpson later clarified he did not know Lambert was to accept the award and his "words were in no way directed at her. I know that Merle liked and respected her so it’s good to see there is at least some blue sky in all of this."
Sturgill ended his post saying he's getting out of Nashville like his hero Haggard.
Reps for the ACM and Lambert did not immediately return FOX411 Country's request for comment.
Haggard died April 6 on his 79th birthday. He received 19 ACM awards over the course of his career. Most recently Lambert presented him with the Crystal Milestone Award in 2013.