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Academy of Country Music Awards
Academy of Country Music Awards
54th Academy of Country Music Awards
Academy of Country Music Awards logo.png
50th anniversary logo
Awarded forAchievements in country music
LocationVariable U.S. locations
CountryUnited States
Presented byAcademy of Country Music
First awardedApril 1966
Television/radio coverage
NetworkABC (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]

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.

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] On April 27, 2020, the ACM issued a press release that the 2020 show would be broadcast from three historic country music venues--the Grand Ole Opry House, Ryman Auditorium and the Bluebird Café.[6]

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 to 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.[7]


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

Triple-Crown Award

The Triple-Crown Award is an elite honor that has been presented to only seven country acts 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.[9] Among the later recipients, Carrie Underwood received it at the ACM Awards,[10] while Jason Aldean received his at the Annual ACM Honors.[11] The following list shows the artists that have won the award and the first year winning each of the categories required.

See also


  1. ^ "Academy of Country Music Mission". Retrieved 2012.
  2. ^ Ciesco, Tim (April 9, 2015). "AT&T Stadium Gets Dressed Up for Record-Breaking ACM Awards". NBCDFW. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ Lynch, Kevin (April 20, 2015). "Miranda Lambert and Brad Paisley honored as world records tumble at Academy of Country Music Awards". Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ "Academy of Country Music® Reveals Plans for "The Week Vegas Goes Country®" 2017 Including 5th Annual ACM Party For A Cause® Festivities". January 27, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ "See Reba's Reaction to the Absence of Female ACM Entertainer of the Year Nominees". February 21, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ "ACM Awards Will Broadcast From Nashville For the First Time". 2020-04-27. Retrieved .
  7. ^ Roland, Tom (March 2, 2016). "Inside the ACM Awards' Decision to Abandon Fan Voting: Bickering Artists, Crafty Fans & 6-Figure Label Campaigns". Billboard. Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ "Winners database". ACM Country. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ "Carrie Underwood Scheduled to Perform on the 48th Annual ACM Awards". CBS.
  10. ^ "ACM Winners' Circle". CBS. August 18, 2010. Retrieved 2018.
  11. ^ "Performers Announced for the 10th Annual ACM Honors(TM), Jason Aldean To Accept Prestigious ACM Triple Crown Award". ACM Country. August 10, 2016. Retrieved 2018.

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