Big Moments in ACM Awards History [PICTURES]
For more than five decades, the ACM Awards have featured country legends, the hottest new artists, stirring performances and, of course, plenty of well-deserved awards. With artists such as Lorne Green, Loretta Lynn, Garth Brooks, Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood and Florida Georgia Line, the ACM Awards have celebrated hundreds of country stars in several locations, including Los Angeles, Calif.; Buena Park, Calif.; Las Vegas, Nev.; and Arlington, Texas. Wherever the ACMs are, superstars and fans are sure to follow.
The Academy of Country Music was founded in 1964 as the Country and Western Music Academy; it was an effort to promote country music in the 13 western states and focus on artists such as Glen Campbell, Roger Miller, Billy Mize and more. In 1966, the Academy hosted its first country music awards show; though there had been three informal awards banquets previously, it was the first official country music awards program held by a major organization. So, who was in the spotlight that year? Kay Adams, Merle Haggard, Bonnie Owens and Buck Owens.
In the early '70s, the Academy was renamed the Academy of Country Music (ACM) and expanded its efforts to include country music as a whole. In 1972, the awards show was broadcast for the first time -- and since then, country fans have been glued to their televisions to catch a glimpse of their favorite country stars nabbing trophies left and right.
One of the biggest awards at the ACMs is Artist of the Decade; recipients over the years have included Marty Robbins, Lynn, Alabama, Brooks and George Strait. The Triple Crown Award is another highly prestigious award, as is Entertainer of the Year, which has been given to the likes of Dolly Parton, Hank Williams Jr., Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift and Underwood.
Brooks & Dunn have scored the most ACM Awards trophies -- a whopping 29, and 16 of them for Vocal Duo of the Year. Brooks has received the most Entertainer of the Year awards, while Miranda Lambert is the most-awarded female, and tied with Brooks & Dunn for the most ACM trophies overall.
Click through the gallery above to see the biggest moments in ACM Awards history. The 2018 ACM Awards are set to take place on April 15 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.; the show will air live on CBS beginning at 8PM ET. Reba McEntire will be hosting.