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.
Learn the Stories Behind Alan Jackson's ACMs and CMAs Protests
Jackson has been a fan-favorite singer for quite some time. But he isn't afraid to risk his popularity and take a stand for what he believes in -- even if it means going against what "the man" says.
Garth Brooks Suggested Trisha Yearwood for ACMs in Memoriam Song
Show producers had asked Brooks to perform — but he ceded the spotlight to his wife.
Eric Church Wrote Johnny Cash's Kids a Letter Before 2020 ACMs
His performance of "Stick That in Your Country Song" wouldn't have happened without it.
Carrie Underwood After ACMs Tie: 'Are You Sure? Are You Sure?'
They had six months to count the votes, so, yes, Carrie, they were sure.
Carrie Underwood's ACMs Medley Recalls Vintage '90s Performance
It's not the first time she's performed this classic.
Carrie Underwood Spotlights Trailblazing Women at the ACMs
Carrie Underwood's dazzling performance honored the Grand Ole Opry's powerhouse women, from Patsy Cline to Reba McEntire.
Report: ACM CEO Knew 2020 Awards Winners in Advance
It's a first in the history of the show.
Maren Morris Forgot to Thank Some Important People at the ACMs
"I feel like the Female [Artist] award is just so monumental. The women that have gone before me and won that award -- that's who I really should have thanked ..."
Mike Fisher Reacts to Carrie Underwood's ACM Entertainer Win
He's one proud husband.