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.
See Country Stars Shine on the 2022 ACM Awards Red Carpet
Glitz, glamor and bold looks were the theme of the night on the 2022 ACM Awards red carpet.
The ACMs Didn't Have an Entertainer Award for the First 5 Years
Dang, how times have changed!
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.
Thomas Rhett Isn't Partying Too Much at the ACMs This Year
As a dad of four young kids, Thomas Rhett is using any downtime he gets in Vegas to sleep.
Why Jason Aldean is Extra Nervous About Presenting at the ACMs
At this year's ACM Awards, Aldean's doing something he's never tried before.
ACM Awards Rewind: See the Stars at the Show in 2000
None other than country icon Dolly Parton hosted the 35th annual ACM Awards show, which took place on May 3.
2022 ACM Awards Announce Date, Venue + Live Stream Logistics
When are the ACM Awards? The date, channel and venue for 2022 have changed.