Academy of Country Music Awards

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 in 1979, then to CBS in 1998, and Amazon Prime Video in 2022.

Academy of Country Music Awards
Current: 58th Academy of Country Music Awards
Academy of Country Music Awards logo.png
Official logo for the awards
Awarded forAchievements in country music
LocationVariable U.S. locations
CountryUnited States
Presented byAcademy of Country Music
First awardedApril 1966; 57 years ago (1966-04)
Television/radio coverage
NetworkABC (1972–1978)
NBC (1979–1997)
CBS (1998–2021)
Prime Video (2022–)
Produced byDick Clark Productions

The academy 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 57th ACM Awards were presented at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on March 7, 2022. The 58th ACM Awards will be presented at the Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, Texas on May 11, 2023.

Voting processEdit

Voting members of the Academy of Country Music (ACM) 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.[1]


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.

Future ceremonies

The 58th Academy of Country Music awards will take place on May 11, 2023, at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas.[2]

Major awardsEdit

Year Entertainer of the Year Male Artist of the Year Female Artist of the Year Song of the Year
2023 Chris Stapleton Morgan Wallen Lainey Wilson Cole Swindell, Ashley Gorley, Jesse Frasure, Thomas Rhett, Mark D. Sanders, Tim Nichols – "She Had Me at Heads Carolina"
2022 Miranda Lambert Chris Stapleton Carly Pearce Jason Nix, Jonathan Singleton, Lainey Wilson – "Things a Man Oughta Know"
2021 Luke Bryan Thomas Rhett Maren Morris Maren Morris, Jimmy Robbins, Laura Veltz – "The Bones"
2020 Thomas Rhett (tie)
Carrie Underwood (tie)
Luke Combs Josh Osborne, Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen, Brad Tursi – "One Man Band"
2019 Keith Urban Thomas Rhett Kacey Musgraves Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers – "Tequila"
2018 Jason Aldean Chris Stapleton Miranda Lambert Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall – "Tin Man"
2017 Thomas Rhett Sean Douglas, Thomas Rhett, Joe Spargur – "Die a Happy Man"
2016 Chris Stapleton Barry Bales, Ronnie Bowman, Chris Stapleton – "Nobody to Blame"
2015 Luke Bryan Jason Aldean Miranda Lambert, Natalie Hemby, Nicolle Galyon – "Automatic"
2014 George Strait Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, Jimmy Yeary – "I Drive Your Truck"
2013 Luke Bryan Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton – "Over You"
2012 Taylor Swift Blake Shelton Lee Brice, Liz Rose – "Crazy Girl"
2011 Brad Paisley Tom Douglas, Allen Shamblin – "The House That Built Me"
2010 Carrie Underwood Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott – "Need You Now"
2009 Carrie Underwood Jamey Johnson, Lee Thomas Miller, James Otto – "In Color"
2008 Kenny Chesney Jennifer Nettles – "Stay"
2007 Bill Anderson, Buddy Cannon, Jamey Johnson – "Give It Away"
2006 Keith Urban Sara Evans Craig Wiseman, Ronnie Dunn – "Believe"
2005 Gretchen Wilson Craig Wiseman, Tim Nichols – "Live Like You Were Dying"
2004 Toby Keith Toby Keith Martina McBride Doug Johnson, Kim Williams – "Three Wooden Crosses"
2003 Kenny Chesney Phillip Brian White, David Vincent Williams – "I'm Movin' On"
2002 Brooks & Dunn Alan Jackson Alan Jackson – "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)"
2001 Dixie Chicks Toby Keith Faith Hill Mark D. Sanders, Tia Sillers – "I Hope You Dance"
2000 Shania Twain Tim McGraw Marv Green, Aimee Mayo – "Amazed"
1999 Garth Brooks Steve Wariner, Billy Kirsch – "Holes in the Floor of Heaven"
1998 George Strait Trisha Yearwood Stephony Smith – "It's Your Love"
1997 Brooks & Dunn Patty Loveless Bill Mack – "Blue"
1996 Alan Jackson Dickey Lee, Karen Staley, Danny Mayo – "The Keeper of the Stars"
1995 Reba McEntire Reba McEntire Gary Baker, Frank J. Myers – "I Swear"
1994 Garth Brooks Vince Gill Wynonna Judd Victoria Shaw, Chuck Cannon – "I Love the Way You Love Me"
1993 Mary Chapin Carpenter Vince Gill, John Barlow Jarvis – "I Still Believe in You"
1992 Garth Brooks Reba McEntire Billy Dean, Richard Leigh – "Somewhere in My Broken Heart"
1991 Tony Arata – "The Dance"
1990 George Strait Clint Black Kathy Mattea Jon Vezner, Don Henry – "Where've You Been"
1989 Hank Williams, Jr. George Strait K. T. Oslin Charles Gene Nelson, Paul Nelson – "Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses"
1988 Randy Travis Reba McEntire Paul Overstreet, Don Schlitz – "Forever and Ever, Amen"
1987 Paul Overstreet, Don Schlitz – "On the Other Hand"
1986 Alabama George Strait Fred Parris, Mike Reid, Troy Seals – "Lost in the Fifties Tonight"
1985 Harlan Howard, Brent Maher, Sonny Throckmorton – "Why Not Me"
1984 Lee Greenwood Janie Fricke Larry Henley, Jeff Silbar – "Wind Beneath My Wings"
1983 Ronnie Milsap Sylvia Merle Haggard – "Are the Good Times Really Over (I Wish a Buck Was Still Silver)"
1982 Merle Haggard Barbara Mandrell Felice Bryant, Boudleaux Bryant, Larry Collins, Sandy Pinkard – "You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma"
1981 Barbara Mandrell George Jones Dolly Parton Bobby Braddock, Curly Putman – "He Stopped Loving Her Today"
1980 Willie Nelson Larry Gatlin Crystal Gayle Sonny Throckmorton, Curly Putman – "It's a Cheating Situation"
1979 Kenny Rogers Kenny Rogers Barbara Mandrell Randy Goodrum – "You Needed Me"
1978 Dolly Parton Crystal Gayle Roger Bowling, Hal Bynum – "Lucille"
1977 Mickey Gilley Mickey Gilley Baker Knight – "Don't the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time"
1976 Loretta Lynn Conway Twitty Loretta Lynn Larry Weiss – "Rhinestone Cowboy"
1975 Mac Davis Merle Haggard Don Wayne – "Country Bumpkin"
1974 Roy Clark Charlie Rich Kenny O'Dell – "Behind Closed Doors"
1973 Merle Haggard Donna Fargo Donna Fargo – "The Happiest Girl In the Whole USA"
1972 Freddie Hart Freddie Hart Loretta Lynn Freddie Hart – "Easy Loving"
1971 Merle Haggard Merle Haggard Lynn Anderson Kris Kristofferson – "For the Good Times"
1970 Not awarded Tammy Wynette Not awarded
1969 Glen Campbell Cathie Taylor
1968 Lynn Anderson
1967 Merle Haggard Bonnie Guitar
1966 Buck Owens Bonnie Owens

Special awardsEdit

Artist of the DecadeEdit

Triple-Crown AwardEdit

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.[4] Among the later recipients, Carrie Underwood received it at the ACM Awards,[5] while Jason Aldean received his at the Annual ACM Honors.[6] The following list shows the artists that have won the award and the first year winning each of the categories required. Three artists: Miranda Lambert, The Chicks and Keith Urban, have reached the milestones needed to receive the award but they have not yet been awarded.


The Academy of Country Music Awards were originally held at various locations in Greater Los Angeles through 2002. In 2003, the ceremony moved to Las Vegas, first at the Mandalay Bay Events Center through 2005 and later at the MGM Grand Garden Arena from 2006 to 2014. In 2015, the ceremony was held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex in 2015 to celebrate its 50th anniversary.[7] The ceremony broke the Guinness record that year for Most Attended Awards Show, with 70,252 attending.[8]

The ceremony returned to the MGM Grand Garden Arena for 2016, then moved to T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas for 2017.[9] In 2018 and 2019, the show was again broadcast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena.[10] In 2020 and 2021, the in-person ceremony in Las Vegas was not held due to the COVID-19 pandemic; the two ceremonies were held at various sites in Nashville, with the primary venues being the Grand Ole Opry House, Ryman Auditorium, and the Bluebird Café.[11][12]

The ACM confirmed a return to Las Vegas for 2022, with the ceremony scheduled to be held at Allegiant Stadium.[13]


The ACM Awards were previously broadcast by ABC from 1972 to 1978, on NBC from 1979 to 1997, and CBS from 1998 to 2021. In June 2021, it was reported that CBS would not renew its contract to air the ceremony, citing declining viewership and demands from Dick Clark Productions for a higher rights fee. CBS parent company ViacomCBS had also chosen to prioritize its own CMT Music Awards (run by its cable network CMT) as a competitor, announcing later that month that it would be moved to CBS and held in April beginning 2022. After reports that the ACMs were being shopped to other networks such as NBC, it was announced on August 19, 2021, that the ceremony had been acquired by Amazon Prime Video, making it one of the first major awards ceremonies on U.S. television to move exclusively to subscription video on demand (SVOD).[14][15][16] The 57th ACM Awards, hosted by Dolly Parton, Jimmie Allen, and Gabby Barrett, were livestreamed from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Prime Video on March 7, 2022.[17] The 58th ACM Awards, hosted by Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks, will be livestreamed from Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas, on Prime Video on May 11, 2023.[18][19]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Roland, Tom (March 2, 2016). "Inside the ACM Awards' Decision to Abandon Fan Voting: Bickering Artists, Crafty Fans & 6-Figure Label Campaigns". Billboard. Retrieved March 2, 2016.
  2. ^ "Country Music fans, get ready: the 58th #ACMawards will return to @PrimeVideo for an exclusive global livestream on Thursday May 11, 2023, live from Ford Center at @TheStarinFrisco, the World HQ of the @DallasCowboys". Twitter. Retrieved 2022-07-19.
  3. ^ "Winners database". ACM Country. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
  4. ^ "Carrie Underwood Scheduled to Perform on the 48th Annual ACM Awards". CBS.
  5. ^ "ACM Winners' Circle". CBS. August 18, 2010. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
  6. ^ "Performers Announced for the 10th Annual ACM Honors™, Jason Aldean To Accept Prestigious ACM Triple Crown Award". ACM Country. August 10, 2016. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
  7. ^ Ciesco, Tim (April 9, 2015). "AT&T Stadium Gets Dressed Up for Record-Breaking ACM Awards". NBCDFW. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
  8. ^ Lynch, Kevin (April 20, 2015). "Miranda Lambert and Brad Paisley honored as world records tumble at Academy of Country Music Awards". Retrieved April 21, 2015.
  9. ^ "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 February 17, 2017.
  10. ^ "See Reba's Reaction to the Absence of Female ACM Entertainer of the Year Nominees". February 21, 2019. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  11. ^ "ACM Awards Will Broadcast From Nashville For the First Time". 2020-04-27. Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  12. ^ Willman, Chris (2021-04-14). "ACM Awards Chief Previews Show: More Locations, More Live Audiences, 'More Fun,' Same Strict COVID Protocols". Variety. Archived from the original on 2021-04-14. Retrieved 2021-05-21.
  13. ^ Evans, Greg (2021-11-18). "Academy of Country Music Awards Sets Date, Venue For 2022". Deadline. Archived from the original on 2021-11-18. Retrieved 2021-11-18.
  14. ^ "CBS Balks at Airing 2022 Academy of Country Music Awards Over $22 Million Asking Price, Declining Ratings". TheWrap. June 16, 2021. Archived from the original on 2021-06-14. Retrieved 2021-08-19.
  15. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2021-08-19). "Academy Of Country Music Awards To Stream On Amazon Prime Video In Milestone For Award Shows". Deadline. Retrieved 2021-08-19.
  16. ^ Willman, Chris (2021-08-19). "Academy of Country Music Awards Will Bypass Networks, Stream Exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in 2022". Variety. Retrieved 2021-08-19.
  17. ^ Muhammad, Latifah (7 March 2022). "How to Watch the 2022 ACM Awards". Billboard. Retrieved 8 May 2023.
  18. ^ Evans, Greg (19 July 2022). "Academy Of Country Music Awards Set For Livestream Return To Amazon Prime Video". Deadline. Retrieved 8 May 2023.
  19. ^ Avila, Daniela (18 April 2023). "Watch Dolly Parton and a 'Nervous' Garth Brooks Hilariously Get Ready to Host the 2023 ACM Awards". People. Retrieved 8 May 2023.

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