30 Big Moments in ACM Awards History [PICTURES]
For more than five decades, the ACM Awards have featured country legends, the hottest new artists, stirring performances and, of course, plenty of well-deserved awards. With artists such as Lorne Green, Loretta Lynn, Garth Brooks, Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood and Florida Georgia Line, the ACM Awards have celebrated hundreds of country stars in several locations, including Los Angeles, Calif.; Buena Park, Calif.; Las Vegas, Nev.; and Arlington, Texas. Wherever the ACMs are, superstars and fans are sure to follow.
The Academy of Country Music was founded in 1964 as the Country and Western Music Academy; it was an effort to promote country music in the 13 western states and focus on artists such as Glen Campbell, Roger Miller, Billy Mize and more. In 1966, the Academy hosted its first country music awards show; though there had been three informal awards banquets previously, it was the first official country music awards program held by a major organization. So, who was in the spotlight that year? Kay Adams, Merle Haggard, Bonnie Owens and Buck Owens.
In the early '70s, the Academy was renamed the Academy of Country Music (ACM) and expanded its efforts to include country music as a whole. In 1972, the awards show was broadcast for the first time -- and since then, country fans have been glued to their televisions to catch a glimpse of their favorite country stars nabbing trophies left and right.
One of the biggest awards at the ACMs is Artist of the Decade; recipients over the years have included Marty Robbins, Lynn, Alabama, Brooks, George Strait and, in 2019, Jason Aldean. The Triple Crown Award is another highly prestigious award, as is Entertainer of the Year, which has been given to the likes of Dolly Parton, Hank Williams Jr., Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift and Underwood.
Click through the gallery below to see the biggest moments in ACM Awards history:
Delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 ACM Awards are set to take place on Sept. 16 at 8PM ET on CBS. This year's ACMs will be broadcast from three venues in Nashville, not Las Vegas, Nev., as in most years. Expect performances from the historic Ryman Auditorium, the iconic Bluebird Cafe and the Grand Ole Opry House, where host Keith Urban will be centered.
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