Country artists Brooks & Dunn and Dierks Bentley have been honored by the Country Music Association for promoting the genre overseas.

Brooks & Dunn (Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn) and Bentley won the CMA international artist achievement award at a backstage ceremony in Sydney, Australia, during the final stop of an Australian tour.

CMA board member Rob Potts and Australian broadcaster Ray Hadley presented the award on May 6.

Previous winners include the Dixie Chicks, Shania Twain, Keith Urban, Trisha Yearwood and Dwight Yoakam.