First held in 1966, the Academy of Country Music Awards -- known as the ACM Awards -- is country music's oldest mainstream awards show. For the first five years of its existence, the show didn't even have an Entertainer of the Year category, and it didn't start being broadcast on live television until 1972! But from those humble beginnings has sprung a time-honored tradition in country music: From emotional acceptance speeches to jaw-dropping performances and surprise collaborations, the show has delivered no shortage of memorable moments over the years. For the bulk of its first four decades, the ACM Awards took place in California, and in 2003, the show moved to Las Vegas, Nev., where it has -- for the most part -- taken place ever since. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, for the first time ever, the ACM Awards took place in Nashville, Tenn., where it was spread through a handful of iconic Music City venues including the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium and the Bluebird Cafe.
Chris Stapleton, Tim McGraw + More to Receive ACM Honors Awards
Carly Pearce will return to host the ACM Honors for the third consecutive year in 2023.
Lainey Wilson Fires Up the Stage With 'Grease' at the 2023 ACMs
Her spicy performance brought the house down.
Dolly Parton Heats Up the 2023 ACM Awards With 'World on Fire'
The country legend closed out the night with a big, bold debut of the track from her upcoming rock album.
Ashley McBryde + Friends Sing 'Bonfire at Tina's' at the ACMs
John Osborne, Pillbox Patti, Brandy Clark and Caylee Hammack joined McBryde for this epic performance.
Ed Sheeran + Luke Combs Team Up at the 2023 ACM Awards
The pop star's ACM Awards debut was truly epic.
Cole Swindell Wins 2023 ACM Awards Single of the Year
This song has made an enormous impact on country music.
The War and Treaty Deliver Rafter-Raising 'Blank Page' at ACMs
These two sound simply divine together.
Luke Combs Serenades Crowd With 'Love You Anyway' at 2023 ACMs
It was one of the most hotly-anticipated performances of the night, and Combs didn't disappoint.
Old Dominion Win Group of the Year at the 2023 ACM Awards
Competition was tough in this category.