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The CableACE Award (earlier known as the ACE Awards; ACE was an acronym for Award for Cable Excellence) was an award that was given from 1978 to 1997 to honor excellence in American cable television programming. It was created by the National Cable Television Association to serve as a cable television counterpart to the Emmy Award, which before the 1987-88 season did not recognize cable programming. The actual trophy was a large trophy made of glass blown and cut into the shape of the Ace of Spades. By 1997, the Emmys had long included cable television programming, making the CableACEs obsolete. In April of 1998, NCTA members voted to cancel the awards and they were never held again. 
At one time, the live awards show could be seen on as many as 12 channels simultaneously. In its last years, one network showed the program, usually Lifetime or TBS.