Johnny Cash Never Won an ACM Award — Here’s Why
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the ACM Awards to Nashville, Tenn., for a second consecutive year in 2021. Despite the change, though, one thing stays the same: Those snubbed when nominations are announced are still an intriguing part of the awards show process.
Snubs happen for all sorts of reasons; they've been happening ever since awards shows were created, really. Need proof? The Man in Black himself, country legend Johnny Cash, never won a single ACM Awards trophy.
While it sounds crazy that such a massively popular artist would be so seriously overlooked by ACM Awards voters, the reason why is actually pretty simple: The ACM Awards were started as a way to highlight West Coast country music.
Technically, the ACMs' definition of "West Coast country" includes any country music made by artists in the western 13 United States; in practice, that typically translated to California country: Legends including Merle Haggard, Buck Owens and Lee Greenwood either hailed from California or made their musical claim to fame in the state.
That Western focus helps explain why the ACM Awards now typically takes place in Las Vegas, Nev. Before the ACMs moved to Sin City in 2003, the show was held in a variety of Los Angeles-area venues.
Dating back to 1966, the ACM Awards are country music's oldest awards show, and the history of the event holds plenty of twists and turns. Check out the video above to learn more crazy facts and secrets of the ACM Awards.
The 2021 ACM Awards are set for April 18. They'll begin at 8PM ET and will air live on CBS and be available to stream on Paramount+; sign up for the streaming service here.
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