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.
2021 ACM Party for a Cause Set for August in Nashville
The event didn't happen in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in 2021, it'll look a little different.
Kane Brown Admits Response to ACM Win Felt Tokenizing
"It was like, ‘How does it feel being Black and winning your first ACM?’”
Loretta Lynn, Dan + Shay and More Earn 2021 ACM Honors
The Academy of Country Music announced the recipients of this year's special awards, as well as its plans for the 2021 ACM Honors event, on Tuesday (June 15).
Country Music Memories: Garth Brooks' ACM Entertainer Three-peat
Brooks was humbled by the big honor.
Country Music Memories: Garth Brooks Sets an ACM Awards Record
On April 24, 1991, Brooks set an ACMs record
Carly Pearce Says ACM Win Is 'Validation on a Crazy Level'
Pearce says her 2021 ACM Awards wins for "I Hope You're Happy Now" are especially meaningful because of what a personal song it is.
Kane Brown + More Reflect on Landmark Moments at the 2021 ACMs
Maren Morris, Kane Brown and more weigh in on some of the standout moments for diversity during the 2021 ACM Awards.