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.
Maren Morris + Ryan Hurd's ACM Performance Was 'So Intimate'
Morris admits that seeing her fellow artist husband give his debut awards show performance got her a little bit emotional.
WATCH: Kenny Chesney's 'Knowing You' Was ACM's In Memoriam
Mac Davis, Jerry Jeff Walker, Charley Pride and more were recognized.
Luke Bryan Was 'Totally Surprised and Shocked' by His ACM Win
"You never take these things for granted. You just don't."
Blanco Brown 'Speechless' at the Support After His Accident
Blanco Brown has felt the love from the country community throughout his recovery process.
Gabby Barrett Celebrated Her ACM Win by Changing a Dirty Diaper
Gabby Barrett is learning to juggle motherhood with life as a successful country star.
Luke Bryan Is the 2021 ACM Awards Entertainer of the Year
The country superstar was announced as the big winner at the end of the Sunday night (April 18) broadcast.
Mickey Guyton's Powerful 'Hold On' Is a Highlight of 2021 ACMs
Mickey Guyton didn't only co-host the 2021 ACM Awards, she performed her song "Hold On" during the show, too.
Maren Morris Is a Back-to-Back ACM Female Artist of the Year
The win was her second in the category.
Dan + Shay Explain the Audio Glitch During Their ACMs Performance
"It's just one of those things that happens, you know," the band's Shay Mooney explained backstage in the show's virtual press room.