Garth Brooks is the latest star to sign on for the Academy of Country Music Awards. 

The country legend has been tapped to join George Strait for a special tribute to the late Dick Clark.  In addition, the ACM is renaming its Artist of the Decade award after Clark. 

Strait and Brooks are the most recent recipients of the ACM's highest honor, which is only presented once every ten years.  Both George and Garth say they feel honored to give Clark a musical salute. 

Strait credits Clark for helping "make country music accessible to a larger fan base," and says "his efforts will not be forgotten."  Brooks adds that there "may be others who have contributed as much to the music industry, but there is definitely no one that has contributed more than Dick Clark."  He calls Clark "music's best friend" as well as "a dear friend" to him. 

Clark began producing the Academy of Country Music Awards in 1979.  He passed away last year, on April 18th - less than three weeks after the 2012 ACM Awards. 

This year's 48th annual ACM Awards will be presented in a ceremony in Las Vegas on April 7th.