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.
- First Ceremony: April 1966
- Did You Know…: Who’s the most-awarded artist in ACM history? It’s Miranda Lambert! The singer surpassed Brooks & Dunn‘s long-held, 29-win record in 2018 and upped the number to beat once again in 2020. Overall, Lambert’s got 35 ACM trophies to her name.
- Required Reading: ACM Awards Rewind: See the Stars at the Show in 2000, ACM Awards Voting: How Does it Work?, Country Stars With the Most ACM Awards Wins, Country Stars With No ACM Awards, Top 10 ACM Awards Moments, Reba McEntire’s 6 Greatest ACM Awards Moments