Country music legend Merle Haggard will be honored with BMI's prestigious Icon award during the performing rights organization's 54th annual country awards, set for Nov. 4 in Nashville.

Country music legend Merle Haggard will be honored with BMI's prestigious Icon award during the performing rights organization's 54th annual country awards, set for Nov. 4 in Nashville.

The Icon award is given to BMI songwriters and artists who "have had a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers," according to BMI. An all-star tribute is being planned to honor Haggard at the awards show.

Haggard has previously won BMI's country songwriter of the year award twice. In his four-decade career, he has netted a total of 58 BMI awards, including 48 in the country genre, nine pop awards and one R&B award.

His awards show tally also includes two Grammy Awards, six Country Music Assn. Awards, 10 Academy of Country Music Awards and the Recording Academy's lifetime achievement award. He has been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Past BMI Icon winners from the country world include Dolly Parton, Bill Anderson, Loretta Lynn and Charlie Daniels.