Academy of Country Music Awards

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Academy of Country Music Awards
Ambox current red.svg 54th Academy of Country Music Awards
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Awarded forAchievements in country music
LocationVariable U.S. locations
CountryUnited States
Presented by Academy of Country Music
First awardedApril 1966
Television/radio coverage
Network ABC (1972–1978)
NBC (1979–1997)
CBS (1998–present)

The Academy of Country Music Awards, also known as the ACM Awards, were first held in 1966, honoring the industry's accomplishments during the previous year. It was the first country music awards program held by a major organization. The Academy's signature "hat" trophy was first created in 1968. The awards were first televised in 1972 on ABC. In 1979, the Academy joined with Dick Clark Productions to produce the show. Dick Clark and Al Schwartz served as producers while Gene Weed served as director. Under their guidance, the show moved to NBC and finally to CBS, where it remains today. [1]

Academy of Country Music organization

The Academy of Country Music(ACM) was founded in 1964 in Los Angeles, California as the Country & Western Music Academy. Among the founders were Eddie Miller, Tommy Wiggins, and Mickey and Chris Christensen. They wanted to promote country music in the western 13 states with the support of artists based on the West Coast. Artists such as Johnny Bond, Glen Campbell, Merle Haggard, Roger Miller and others influenced them. A board of directors was formed to govern the academy in 1965.

Country music, also known as country and western, and hillbilly music, is a genre of popular music that originated in the southern United States in the early 1920s. It takes its roots from genres such as American folk music and blues.

American Broadcasting Company American broadcast television network

The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American commercial broadcast television network that is a flagship property of Walt Disney Television, a subsidiary of the Disney Media Networks division of The Walt Disney Company. The network is headquartered in Burbank, California on Riverside Drive, directly across the street from Walt Disney Studios and adjacent to the Roy E. Disney Animation Building, But the network's second corporate headquarters and News headquarters remains in New York City, New York at their broadcast center on 77 West 66th Street in Lincoln Square in Upper West Side Manhattan.


In 2003, the awards show left Los Angeles and moved to Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Events Center through 2005. The Academy also adopted a sleeker, modern version of the "hat" trophy in 2003, which is now made by the New York City firm Society Awards. In 2004, the organization implemented online awards voting for its professional members, becoming the first televised awards show to do so. Entertainer of the Year was a fan-voted award for eight years, until 2016, when the ACM announced its decision to abandon Internet-voting for it and the three new-artist categories.

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The show was moved to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas from 2006 through 2014 before relocating to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex in 2015 to celebrate its 50th anniversary. [2] The 2015 show broke the Guinness record for Most Attended Awards Show, with 70,252. [3] The show returned to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in 2016 then moved to the new T-Mobile Arena in 2017. [4] In 2018, the ACM Awards returned to the MGM Grand Garden Arena. It was announced on February 20, 2019, that the show would be held again at the MGM Grand Garden Area with the return of Reba McEntire as the hostess for her 16th time. [5]

MGM Grand Garden Arena Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

The MGM Grand Garden Arena is a 17,157-seat multi-purpose arena located within the MGM Grand Las Vegas on the Las Vegas Strip.

AT&T Stadium Stadium in Arlington, Texas, home of Dallas Cowboys

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Voting process

Voting members of the Academy of Country Music elect the nominees. In 2016, after an eight-year experiment intended to improve consumer engagement, the ACM announced its decision of abandon fan-voting for Entertainer of the Year and its three new-artist categories, thanks to the cost of participation and several rifts that had developed among artists. The program was controversial from the start and included the web ballot stuffing encouragement infamous among awards of the same type presented in other ceremonies. Kenny Chesney, after winning the first fan vote for entertainer in 2008, criticized the process backstage, complaining that instead of acknowledging artists' hard work, the vote had devolved into a marketing contest that rewarded people for "seeing how hard you can push people's buttons on the Internet." The winner, for example, of entertainer will now be voted on by the same people who select the male or female vocalist winner. [6]

The Academy of Country Music Award for Entertainer of the Year is the biggest competitive category presented at the Academy of Country Music Awards. The following is the list of winners, with the year representing the nominated work.

Kenny Chesney American country music singer, songwriter, and record producer

Kenneth Arnold Chesney is an American country music singer, songwriter, and record producer. He has recorded 20 albums, 14 of which have been certified Gold or higher by the RIAA. He has also produced more than 40 Top 10 singles on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts, 29 of which have reached number one. Many of these have also charted within the Top 40 of the US Billboard Hot 100, making him one of the most successful crossover country artists. He has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.


The most prestigious awards are for "Artist of the Decade" and "Entertainer of the Year." There are a number of other awards to recognize male and female vocalists, albums, videos, songs, and musicians. The awards are typically presented in April or May and recognize achievement for the previous year.

Major awards

Year Entertainer
of the Year
Male Vocalist
of the Year
Female Vocalist
of the Year
Song of the Year
2018 Keith Urban Thomas Rhett Kacey Musgraves Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers – "Tequila"
2017 Jason Aldean Chris Stapleton Miranda Lambert Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall – "Tin Man"
2016 Thomas Rhett Sean Douglas, Thomas Rhett, Joe Spargur – "Die a Happy Man"
2015 Chris Stapleton Barry Bales, Ronnie Bowman, Chris Stapleton – "Nobody to Blame"
2014 Luke Bryan Jason Aldean Miranda Lambert, Natalie Hemby, Nicolle Galyon – "Automatic"
2013 George Strait Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, Jimmy Yeary – "I Drive Your Truck"
2012 Luke Bryan Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton – "Over You"
2011 Taylor Swift Blake Shelton Lee Brice, Liz Rose – "Crazy Girl"
2010 Brad Paisley Tom Douglas, Allen Shamblin – "The House That Built Me"
2009 Carrie Underwood Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott – "Need You Now"
2008 Carrie Underwood Jamey Johnson, Lee Thomas Miller, James Otto – "In Color"
2007 Kenny Chesney Jennifer Nettles – "Stay"
2006 Bill Anderson, Buddy Cannon, Jamey Johnson – "Give It Away"
2005 Keith Urban Sara Evans Craig Wiseman, Ronnie Dunn – "Believe"
2004 Gretchen Wilson Craig Wiseman, Tim Nichols – "Live Like You Were Dying"
2003 Toby Keith Toby Keith Martina McBride Doug Johnson, Kim Williams – "Three Wooden Crosses"
2002 Kenny Chesney Phillip Brian White, David Vincent Williams – "I'm Movin' On"
2001 Brooks & Dunn Alan Jackson Alan Jackson – "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)"
2000 Dixie Chicks Toby Keith Faith Hill Mark D. Sanders, Tia Sillers – "I Hope You Dance"
1999 Shania Twain Tim McGraw Marv Green, Aimee Mayo – "Amazed"
1998 Garth Brooks Steve Wariner, Billy Kirsch – "Holes in the Floor of Heaven"
1997 George Strait Trisha Yearwood Stephony Smith – "It's Your Love"
1996 Brooks & Dunn Patty Loveless Bill Mack – "Blue"
1995 Alan Jackson Dickey Lee, Karen Staley, Danny Mayo – "The Keeper of the Stars"
1994 Reba McEntire Reba McEntire Gary Baker, Frank J. Myers – "I Swear"
1993 Garth Brooks Vince Gill Wynonna Judd Victoria Shaw, Chuck Cannon – "I Love the Way You Love Me"
1992 Mary Chapin Carpenter Vince Gill, John Barlow Jarvis – "I Still Believe in You"
1991 Garth Brooks Reba McEntire Billy Dean, Richard Leigh – "Somewhere in My Broken Heart"
1990 Tony Arata – "The Dance"
1989 George Strait Clint Black Kathy Mattea Jon Vezner, Don Henry – "Where've You Been"
1988 Hank Williams, Jr. George Strait K. T. Oslin Charles Gene Nelson, Paul Nelson – "Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses"
1987 Randy Travis Reba McEntire Paul Overstreet, Don Schlitz – "Forever and Ever, Amen"
1986 Paul Overstreet, Don Schlitz – "On the Other Hand"
1985 Alabama George Strait Fred Parris, Mike Reid, Troy Seals – "Lost in the Fifties Tonight"
1984 Harlan Howard, Brent Maher, Sonny Throckmorton – "Why Not Me"
1983 Lee Greenwood Janie Fricke Larry Henley, Jeff Silbar – "Wind Beneath My Wings"
1982 Ronnie Milsap Sylvia Merle Haggard – "Are the Good Times Really Over (I Wish a Buck Was Still Silver)"
1981 Merle Haggard Barbara Mandrell Felice Bryant, Boudleaux Bryant, Larry Collins, Sandy Pinkard – "You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma"
1980 Barbara Mandrell George Jones Dolly Parton Bobby Braddock, Curly Putman – "He Stopped Loving Her Today"
1979 Willie Nelson Larry Gatlin Crystal Gayle Sonny Throckmorton, Curly Putman – "It's a Cheating Situation"
1978 Kenny Rogers Kenny Rogers Barbara Mandrell Randy Goodrum – "You Needed Me"
1977 Dolly Parton Crystal Gayle Roger Bowling, Hal Bynum – "Lucille"
1976 Mickey Gilley Mickey Gilley Baker Knight – "Don't the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time"
1975 Loretta Lynn Conway Twitty Loretta Lynn Larry Weiss – "Rhinestone Cowboy"
1974 Mac Davis Merle Haggard Don Wayne – "Country Bumpkin"
1973 Roy Clark Charlie Rich Kenny O'Dell – "Behind Closed Doors"
1972 Merle Haggard Donna Fargo Donna Fargo – "The Happiest Girl In the Whole USA"
1971 Freddie Hart Freddie Hart Loretta Lynn Freddie Hart – "Easy Loving"
1970 Merle Haggard Merle Haggard Lynn Anderson Kris Kristofferson – "For the Good Times"
1969 Tammy Wynette
1968 Glen Campbell Cathie Taylor
1967 Lynn Anderson
1966 Merle Haggard Bonnie Guitar
1965 Buck Owens Bonnie Owens

Artists of the decade

Jason Aldean American country music singer

Jason Aldine Williams, known professionally as Jason Aldean, is an American country music singer. Since 2005, Jason Aldean has been signed to Broken Bow Records, a record label for which he has released eight albums and 24 singles. His 2010 album, My Kinda Party, is certified quadruple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). His 2012 album Night Train is certified double-platinum, while his 2005 self-titled debut, 2007 album Relentless, 2009 album Wide Open, 2014 album Old Boots, New Dirt are all certified platinum.

George Strait American country music singer

George Harvey Strait Sr. is an American country music singer, songwriter, actor, and music producer. George Strait is known as the "King of Country" and is considered one of the most influential and popular recording artists of all time. He is known for his neotraditionalist country style, cowboy look, and being one of the first and main country artists to bring country music back to its roots and away from the pop country era in the 1980s.

Garth Brooks American country music singer

Troyal Garth Brooks is an American singer and songwriter. His integration of rock and roll elements into the country genre has earned him immense popularity in the United States. Brooks has had great success on the country single and album charts, with multi-platinum recordings and record-breaking live performances, while also crossing over into the mainstream pop arena.

Triple-Crown Award

The Triple-Crown Award is an elite honor that has been presented to only eight country artists in the history of the Academy of Country Music Awards. The honor distinguishes the achievement of an artist, duo or group upon receiving the New Artist (or New Male Vocalist, New Female Vocalist, New Solo Vocalist, New Vocal Duo, New Vocal Group or New Vocal Duo or Group), and Male/Female Vocalist (or Vocal Duo, Vocal Group, Vocal Duo or Group) and Entertainer of the Year awards. [8] Among the later recipients, Carrie Underwood received it at the ACM Awards, [9] while Jason Aldean at the Annual ACM Honors. [10] The following list shows the seven artists that have won the award and the first year winning each of the categories required.

See also

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