Academy of Country Music Awards

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Academy of Country Music Awards
Awarded for Achievements in country music
Location MGM Grand Garden Arena,
Las Vegas, Nevada
Country United States
Presented by Academy of Country Music
First awarded April 1966
Official website
Television/Radio coverage
Network ABC (1972–1978)
NBC (1979–1997)
CBS (1998–present)

The Academy of Country Music 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 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. The show is now held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The Academy also adopted a sleeker, modern version of the "hat" trophy that year, which is now made by New York 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 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.

Artists of the Decade[edit]

2000s George Strait (presented 2009)
1990s Garth Brooks (presented 1999)
1980s Alabama (presented 1989)
1970s Loretta Lynn (presented 1979)
1960s Marty Robbins (presented 1969)

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.

Year Host(s) Network Site
2014 Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton CBS AT&T Stadium,
Arlington, Texas
2013 MGM Grand Garden Arena,
Las Vegas, Nevada
2011 Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton
2009 Reba McEntire
2004 N/A Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino,
Las Vegas, Nevada
2003 Reba McEntire
2001 Universal Amphitheatre,
Los Angeles, California
1996 Crystal Bernard, Jeff Foxworthy, and George Strait NBC
1995 Brooks & Dunn and Faith Hill
1994 Clint Black, Jeff Foxworthy, and Tanya Tucker
1993 Alan Jackson and Reba McEntire
1992 Reba McEntire, Randy Owen, and George Strait
1991 Clint Black, Lorrie Morgan, and Travis Tritt
1990 Clint Black, Kathy Mattea, and George Strait
1989 Alabama, The Judds, George Strait, and Tammy Wynette Pantages Theatre,
Los Angeles, California
1988 Patrick Duffy, K.T. Oslin, and George Strait Disney Studios,
Burbank, California
1987 Reba McEntire and Hank Williams, Jr. Knott's Berry Farm,
Buena Park, California
1986 Patrick Duffy and The Judds
1985 Mac Davis, Reba McEntire, and John Schneider
1984 Glen Campbell, Janie Fricke, and Loretta Lynn
1983 Mac Davis, Crystal Gayle, and Charley Pride
1982 Jerry Reed, John Schneider, and Tammy Wynette
1981 Mickey Gilley, Conway Twitty, and Dottie West
1980 Larry Gatlin, Don Meredith, and Tammy Wynette Shrine Auditorium,
Los Angeles, California
1979 Claude Akins, Loretta Lynn, and Charley Pride Knott's Berry Farm,
Buena Park, California
1978 Roy Clark, Barbara Mandrell, and Dennis Weaver The Palladium,
Los Angeles, California
1977 Donna Fargo, Barbara Mandrell, and Kenny Rogers ABC Shrine Auditorium,
Los Angeles, California
1976 Pat Boone, Patti Page, and Jerry Reed
1975 Marty Robbins The Palladium,
Los Angeles, California
1974 Loretta Lynn and Roger Miller Knott's Berry Farm,
Buena Park, California
1973 Roger Miller and Charlie Rich
1972 Dick Clark
1970 N/A The Palladium,
Los Angeles, California
1969 Buddy Ebsen
1968 Dick Clark
1967 Pat Buttram Century Plaza Hotel,
Los Angeles, California
1966 Lorne Green The Beverly Hilton,
Los Angeles, California

Awards by year[edit]

Triple-Crown Award[edit]

The Triple-Crown Award is an elite honor that has been presented to only five country artists in the history of the Academy of Country Music Awards. The honor distinguishes achievement in a solo artist winning the Top New Male/Female Vocalist and/or Top New Artist category, Male/Female Vocalist of the Year, and Entertainer of the Year.

The five 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 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 Female Vocalist: 2005
Top Female Vocalist: 2006
Entertainer of the Year: 2008

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Academy of Country Music Mission". Retrieved April 4, 2012. 

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