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

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] Dick Clark Productions ended its association with the Academy to take over operations of the American Country Countdown Awards on Fox beginning in 2014.[2]

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.[1] The 48th Academy of Country Music Awards was broadcast live on April 7, 2013 and co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton. Both were also nominated for Entertainer of the Year.[3]


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 Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan ('BLUKE') CBS MGM Grand; Las Vegas, Nevada
2012 Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton
2009 Reba McEntire
2003 ABC Sonnet Center
2001 NBC
2000 LeAnn Rimes

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

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