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.
Carly Pearce, Lee Brice's 'I Hope You're Happy Now' Wins ACM
Pearce told Taste of Country first about her first 2021 ACM Awards win.
Every ACM Awards Entertainer of the Year Winner Ever [PICTURES]
In 1971, the Academy of Country Music Awards honored Merle Haggard with the first-ever Entertainer of the Year award. Since then, the coveted trophy has been bestowed on some of country music's best and brightest.
ACMs Throwback: Go Behind the Scenes at the Awards in the '90s
Talk about a throwback!
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.
Ashley McBryde Learned of 2021 ACM Noms From Her Competition
It was one of Ashley McBryde's 2021 ACM Awards Album of the Year competitors who told her about her nominations.
Every ACM Awards Album of the Year Award Winner Ever
All 50-plus of 'em.