Academy of Country Music Awards

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Academy of Country Music Awards
Awarded for Achievements in country music
Location Variable U.S. locations
Country United States
Presented by Academy of Country Music
First awarded April 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]

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.

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.[citation needed] The 2015 show broke the Guinness record for Most Attended Awards Show, with 70,252.[2] The show returned to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in 2016 then moved to the new T-Mobile Arena in 2017.[3]

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 three new-artist categories.


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.

Voting process[edit]

After an eight-year experiment intended to improve consumer engagement, in 2016 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.[4]

Artists of the decade[edit]

Major awards[edit]


Below is a list of ceremonies, the years the ceremonies were held, their hosts, the television networks that aired them, and their locations.

Date Host(s) Network Site Order
April 15, 2018 CBS MGM Grand Garden Arena,
Las Vegas, Nevada
April 2, 2017 Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley T-Mobile Arena,
Las Vegas, Nevada
April 3, 2016 MGM Grand Garden Arena,
Las Vegas, Nevada
April 19, 2015 Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton AT&T Stadium,
Arlington, Texas
April 6, 2014 MGM Grand Garden Arena,
Las Vegas, Nevada
April 7, 2013 48th
April 1, 2012 Blake Shelton and Reba McEntire 47th
April 3, 2011 46th
April 18, 2010 Reba McEntire 45th
April 5, 2009 44th
May 18, 2008 43rd
May 24, 2007 42nd
May 23, 2006 41st
May 17, 2005 Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino,
Las Vegas, Nevada
May 26, 2004 39th
May 21, 2003 38th
May 22, 2002 Universal Amphitheatre,
Los Angeles
May 9, 2001 36th
May 3, 2000 Dolly Parton[5] 35th
May 5, 1999 Reba McEntire 34th
April 22, 1998 Vince Gill 33rd
April 23, 1997 Crystal Bernard, Jeff Foxworthy, and George Strait NBC 32nd
April 24, 1996 Brooks & Dunn and Faith Hill 31st
May 10, 1995 Clint Black, Jeff Foxworthy, and Tanya Tucker 30th
May 3, 1994 Alan Jackson and Reba McEntire 29th
May 11, 1993 Reba McEntire, Randy Owen, and George Strait 28th
April 29, 1992 Clint Black, Lorrie Morgan, and Travis Tritt 27th
April 24, 1991 Clint Black, Kathy Mattea, and George Strait 26th
April 25, 1990 Alabama, The Judds, George Strait, and Tammy Wynette Pantages Theatre,
Los Angeles, California
April 10, 1989 Patrick Duffy, K.T. Oslin, and George Strait Disney Studios,
Burbank, California
March 21, 1988 Reba McEntire and Hank Williams, Jr. Knott's Berry Farm,
Buena Park, California
April 6, 1987 Patrick Duffy and The Judds 22nd
April 14, 1986 Mac Davis, Reba McEntire, and John Schneider 21st
May 6, 1985 Glen Campbell, Janie Fricke, and Loretta Lynn 20th
May 14, 1984 Mac Davis, Crystal Gayle, and Charley Pride 19th
May 9, 1983 Jerry Reed, John Schneider, and Tammy Wynette 18th
April 30, 1982 Mickey Gilley, Conway Twitty, and Dottie West 17th
April 30, 1981 Larry Gatlin, Don Meredith, and Tammy Wynette Shrine Auditorium,
Los Angeles, California
May 1, 1980 Claude Akins, Loretta Lynn, and Charley Pride Knott's Berry Farm,
Buena Park, California
May 2, 1979 Roy Clark, Barbara Mandrell, and Dennis Weaver The Palladium,
Los Angeles, California
April 12, 1978 Donna Fargo, Barbara Mandrell, and Kenny Rogers ABC Shrine Auditorium,
Los Angeles, California
February 24, 1977 Pat Boone, Patti Page, and Jerry Reed 12th
March 1, 1976 Marty Robbins The Palladium,
Los Angeles, California
March 5, 1975 Loretta Lynn and Roger Miller Knott's Berry Farm,
Buena Park, California
March 25, 1974 Roger Miller and Charlie Rich 9th
February 26, 1973 Dick Clark 8th
March 13, 1972 7th
March 22, 1971 N/A The Palladium,
Los Angeles, California
April 13, 1970 Buddy Ebsen 5th
April 28, 1969 Dick Clark 4th
March 4, 1968 Pat Buttram Century Plaza Hotel,
Los Angeles, California
March 6, 1967 Lorne Greene The Beverly Hilton,
Los Angeles, California
Spring 1966 1st

Awards by year[edit]

Triple-Crown Award[edit]

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 or New Female Vocalist or New Solo Vocalist or New Vocal Duo or New Vocal Group or New Vocal Duo or Group and Male Vocalist or Female Vocalist or Vocal Duo or Vocal Group or Vocal Duo or Group and Entertainer of the Year awards.

The eight artists are based on their first year winning each of the awards.

Top New Male Vocalist: 1997
Top Male Vocalist: 2002
Entertainer of the Year: 2004
Top New Vocal Duet/Group: 1998
Top Vocal Duet/Group: 1998
Entertainer of the Year: 2000
Top New Male Vocalist: 1965
Top Male Vocalist: 1966
Entertainer of the Year: 1970
Top New Male Vocalist: 1974
Top Male Vocalist: 1976
Entertainer of the Year: 1976
Top New Female Vocalist: 1971
Top Female Vocalist: 1978
Entertainer of the Year: 1980
Top New Vocal Duet or Group: 1991
Top Vocal Duet: 1991
Entertainer of the Year: 1995
Top New Female Vocalist: 2005
Top Female Vocalist: 2006
Entertainer of the Year: 2009
Top New Male Vocalist: 2005
Top Male Vocalist: 2012
Entertainer of the Year: 2016

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