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The Academy of Country Music (ACM) was founded in 1964 in Los Angeles, California as the Country & Western Music Academy. Whereas the Country Music Association founded in 1958 was based in Nashville, the Academy sought to promote country music in the western states. Among those involved in the founding was West Coast singer, songwriter, and actor Eddie Dean.[1] As such, its early membership was largely composed of those country performers based in the west. This is evidenced by the early awards shows being dominated by Bakersfield artists Buck and Bonnie Owens, and Merle Haggard. At the first ceremony held in 1965, Buck Owens won for Top Male Vocalist and Bonnie Owens won for Top Female Vocalist. Haggard was named Top New Male Vocalist, Kaye Adams was named Top New Female Vocalist and Buck Owens's band, The Buckaroos, were named Band Of The Year.

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Awards

The most prestigious awards are for Artist of the Decade and Entertainer of the Year. There are a number of other awards to recognize male and female vocalists, albums, videos, songs and musicians. The awards are typically presented in May and recognize achievement for the previous year. An award presented in 1999 is for achievement in 1998, i.e., the "1998" award.

Artists of the Decade

2000s George Strait (presented 2009)
1990s Garth Brooks (presented 1999)
1980s Alabama (presented 1989)
1970s Loretta Lynn (presented 1979)
1960s Marty Robbins (presented 1969)

Major awards

Year Entertainer of the Year Male Vocalist of the Year Female Vocalist of the Year Song of the Year
2008 Carrie Underwood Brad Paisley Carrie Underwood Jamey Johnson, Lee Thomas Miller, James Otto – "In Color"
2007 Kenny Chesney Brad Paisley Carrie Underwood Jennifer Nettles – "Stay"
2006 Kenny Chesney Brad Paisley Carrie Underwood Bill Anderson, Buddy Cannon, Jamey Johnson – "Give It Away"
2005 Kenny Chesney Keith Urban Sara Evans Craig Wiseman, Ronnie Dunn – "Believe"
2004 Kenny Chesney Keith Urban Gretchen Wilson Craig Wiseman, Tim Nichols – "Live Like You Were Dying"
2003 Toby Keith Toby Keith Martina McBride Doug Johnson, Kim Williams – "Three Wooden Crosses"
2002 Toby Keith Kenny Chesney Martina McBride Phillip Brian White, David Vincent Williams – "I'm Movin' On"
2001 Brooks & Dunn Alan Jackson Martina McBride Alan Jackson – "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)"
2000 Dixie Chicks Toby Keith Faith Hill Mark D. Sanders, Tia Sillers – "I Hope You Dance"
1999 Shania Twain Tim McGraw Faith Hill Marv Green, Aimee Mayo – "Amazed"
1998 Garth Brooks Tim McGraw Faith Hill Steve Wariner, Billy Kirsch – "Holes in the Floor of Heaven"
1997 Garth Brooks George Strait Trisha Yearwood Stephony Smith – "It's Your Love"
1996 Brooks & Dunn George Strait Patty Loveless Bill Mack – "Blue"
1995 Brooks & Dunn Alan Jackson Patty Loveless Dickey Lee, Karen Staley, Danny Mayo – "The Keeper of the Stars"
1994 Reba McEntire Alan Jackson Reba McEntire Gary Baker, Frank Myers – "I Swear"
1993 Garth Brooks Vince Gill Wynonna Judd Victoria Shaw, Chuck Cannon – "I Love the Way You Love Me"
1992 Garth Brooks Vince Gill Mary Chapin Carpenter Vince Gill, John Barlow Jarvis – "I Still Believe in You"
1991 Garth Brooks Garth Brooks Reba McEntire Billy Dean, Richard Leigh – "Somewhere in My Broken Heart"
1990 Garth Brooks Garth Brooks Reba McEntire Tony Arata – "The Dance"
1989 George Strait Clint Black Kathy Mattea Jon Vezner, Don Henry – "Where've You Been"
1988 Hank Williams, Jr. George Strait K. T. Oslin Charles Nelson, Paul Nelson – "Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses"
1987 Hank Williams, Jr. Randy Travis Reba McEntire Paul Overstreet, Don Schlitz – "Forever and Ever, Amen"
1986 Hank Williams, Jr. Randy Travis Reba McEntire Paul Overstreet, Don Schlitz – "On the Other Hand"
1985 Alabama George Strait Reba McEntire Fred Parris, Mike Reid, Troy Seals – "Lost in the Fifties Tonight"
1984 Alabama George Strait Reba McEntire Harlan Howard, Brent Maher, Sonny Throckmorton – "Why Not Me"
1983 Alabama Lee Greenwood Janie Fricke Larry Henley, Jeff Silbar – "Wind Beneath My Wings"
1982 Alabama Ronnie Milsap Sylvia Merle Haggard – "Are the Good Times Really Over"
1981 Alabama Merle Haggard Barbara Mandrell Felice Bryant, Boudleaux Bryant, Larry Collins, Sandy Pinkard – "You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma"
1980 Barbara Mandrell George Jones Dolly Parton Bobby Braddock, Curly Putman – "He Stopped Loving Her Today"
1979 Willie Nelson Larry Gatlin Crystal Gayle Sonny Throckmorton, Curly Putman – "It's a Cheatin' Situation"
1978 Kenny Rogers Kenny Rogers Barbara Mandrell Randy Goodrum – "You Needed Me"
1977 Dolly Parton Kenny Rogers Crystal Gayle Roger Bowling, Hal Bynum – "Lucille"
1976 Mickey Gilley Mickey Gilley Crystal Gayle Baker Knight – "Don't the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time"
1975 Loretta Lynn Conway Twitty Loretta Lynn Larry Weiss – "Rhinestone Cowboy"
1974 Mac Davis Merle Haggard Loretta Lynn Don Wayne – "Country Bumpkin"
1973 Roy Clark Charlie Rich Loretta Lynn Kenny O'Dell – "Behind Closed Doors"
1972 Roy Clark Merle Haggard Donna Fargo Donna Fargo – "The Happiest Girl In the Whole USA"
1971 Freddie Hart Freddie Hart Loretta Lynn Freddie Hart – "Easy Loving"
1970 Merle Haggard Merle Haggard Lynn Anderson Kris Kristofferson – "For the Good Times"
1969 Merle Haggard Tammy Wynette
1968 Glen Campbell Cathie Taylor
1967 Glen Campbell Loretta Lynn
1966 Merle Haggard Bonnie Guitar
1965 Buck Owens Bonnie Owens

Awards by year

2009 (presented 2010)

  • The awards will be held on April 18, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Reba McEntire will host the show again. Nominees were announced by McEntire and country music star Blake Shelton. For the first time in ACM Awards history, there are 8 nominees for the prestigious Entertainer of the Year, including 2 female singers Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift.[2]

Entertainer of the Year:

Top Male Vocalist:

  • Kenny Chesney
  • Brad Paisley
  • Darius Rucker
  • George Strait
  • Keith Urban

Top Female Vocalist:

Top Vocal Group:

Top Vocal Duo:

Top New Solo Vocalist:

Top New Vocal Duo:

Top New Vocal Group:

Album of the Year:

  • American Saturday Night, Brad Paisley
  • Lady Antebellum, Lady Antebellum
  • Play On, Carrie Underwood
  • Revolution, Miranda Lambert
  • The Foundation, Zac Brown Band

Single Record of the Year:

Song of the Year:

Video of the Year:

Vocal Event of the Year:

2008 (presented 2009)

Artist of the Decade: George Strait
Entertainer of the Year: Carrie Underwood
Song of the Year: "In Color" – Jamey Johnson – Jamey Johnson, Lee Thomas Miller, James Otto
Single of the Year: "You're Gonna Miss This" – Trace Adkins
Album of the Year: FearlessTaylor Swift
Top Male Vocalist: Brad Paisley
Top Female Vocalist: Carrie Underwood
Top Vocal Duo: Sugarland
Top Vocal Group: Rascal Flatts
Top New Artist: Julianne Hough
Top New Male Vocalist: Jake Owen
Top New Female Vocalist: Julianne Hough
Top New Duo or Vocal Group: Zac Brown Band
Video of the Year: "Waitin' on a Woman" – Brad Paisley
Vocal Event of the Year: "Start a Band" – Brad Paisley and Keith Urban
Crystal Milestone Award: Taylor Swift, Jennifer Nettles

2007 (presented 2008)

Entertainer of the Year: Kenny Chesney
Song of the Year: "Stay" – SugarlandJennifer Nettles
Single of the Year: "Stay" – Sugarland
Album of the Year: Crazy Ex-GirlfriendMiranda Lambert
Top Male Vocalist: Brad Paisley
Top Female Vocalist: Carrie Underwood
Top Vocal Duo: Brooks & Dunn
Top Vocal Group: Rascal Flatts
Top New Male Vocalist: Jack Ingram
Top New Female Vocalist: Taylor Swift
Top New Duo or Vocal Group: Lady Antebellum
Video of the Year: "Online" – Brad Paisley
Vocal Event of the Year: "Find Out Who Your Friends Are" – Tracy Lawrence, Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney
Crystal Milestone Award: Garth Brooks

2006 (presented 2007)

Entertainer of the Year: Kenny Chesney
Song of the Year: "Give It Away" – George StraitBill Anderson, Buddy Cannon, Jamey Johnson
Single of the Year: "Give It Away" – George Strait
Album of the Year: Some HeartsCarrie Underwood
Top Male Vocalist: Brad Paisley
Top Female Vocalist: Carrie Underwood
Top Vocal Duo: Brooks & Dunn
Top Vocal Group: Rascal Flatts
Top New Male Vocalist: Rodney Atkins
Top New Female Vocalist: Miranda Lambert
Top New Duo or Vocal Group: Little Big Town
Video of the Year: "Before He Cheats" – Carrie Underwood
Vocal Event of the Year: "Building Bridges" – Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill and Sheryl Crow

2005 (presented 2006)

Entertainer of the Year: Kenny Chesney
Song of the Year: "Believe" – Brooks & DunnCraig Wiseman, Ronnie Dunn
Single of the Year: "Jesus, Take the Wheel" – Carrie Underwood
Album of the Year: Time Well WastedBrad Paisley
Top Male Vocalist: Keith Urban
Top Female Vocalist: Sara Evans
Top Vocal Duo: Brooks & Dunn
Top Vocal Group: Rascal Flatts
Top New Male Vocalist: Jason Aldean
Top New Female Vocalist: Carrie Underwood
Top New Duo or Vocal Group: Sugarland
Video of the Year: "When I Get Where I'm Going" – Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton
Vocal Event of the Year: "When I Get Where I'm Going" – Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton

2004 (presented 2005)

Entertainer of the Year: Kenny Chesney
Song of the Year: "Live Like You Were Dying" – Tim McGrawCraig Wiseman, Tim Nichols
Single of the Year: "Live Like You Were Dying" – Tim McGraw
Album of the Year: Be HereKeith Urban
Top Male Vocalist: Keith Urban
Top Female Vocalist: Gretchen Wilson
Top Vocal Duo: Brooks & Dunn
Top Vocal Group: Rascal Flatts
Top New Artist: Gretchen Wilson
Video of the Year: "Whiskey Lullaby" – Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss
Vocal Event of the Year: "Whiskey Lullaby" – Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss

2003 (presented 2004)

Entertainer of the Year: Toby Keith
Song of the Year: "Three Wooden Crosses" – Randy Travis – Doug Johnson, Kim Williams
Single of the Year: "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" – Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett
Album of the Year: Shock'n Y'all – Toby Keith
Top Male Vocalist: Toby Keith
Top Female Vocalist: Martina McBride
Top Vocal Duo: Brooks & Dunn
Top Vocal Group: Rascal Flatts
Top New Artist: Dierks Bentley
Video of the Year: "Beer for My Horses" – Toby Keith and Willie Nelson
Vocal Event of the Year: "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" – Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett

2002 (presented 2003)

Entertainer of the Year: Toby Keith
Song of the Year: "I'm Movin' On" – Rascal Flatts – Phillip Brian White, David Vincent Williams
Single of the Year: "The Good Stuff" – Kenny Chesney
Album of the Year: DriveAlan Jackson
Top Male Vocalist: Kenny Chesney
Top Female Vocalist: Martina McBride
Top Vocal Duo: Brooks & Dunn
Top Vocal Group: Rascal Flatts
Top New Male Vocalist: Joe Nichols
Top New Female Vocalist: Kellie Coffey
Top New Vocal Duo or Group: Emerson Drive
Video of the Year: "Drive (For Daddy Gene)" – Alan Jackson
Vocal Event of the Year: "Mendocino County Line" – Willie Nelson and Lee Ann Womack

2001 (presented 2002)

Entertainer of the Year: Brooks & Dunn
Song of the Year: "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" – Alan Jackson – Alan Jackson
Single of the Year: "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" – Alan Jackson
Album of the Year: O Brother, Where Art Thou? – Various Artists
Top Male Vocalist: Alan Jackson
Top Female Vocalist: Martina McBride
Top Vocal Duo: Brooks & Dunn
Top Vocal Group: Lonestar
Top New Male Vocalist: Phil Vassar
Top New Female Vocalist: Carolyn Dawn Johnson
Top New Vocal Duo or Group: Trick Pony
Video of the Year: "Only in America" – Brooks & Dunn
Vocal Event of the Year: "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow" – The Soggy Bottom Boys

2000 (presented 2001)

Entertainer of the Year: Dixie Chicks
Song of the Year: "I Hope You Dance" – Lee Ann Womack and Sons of the Desert – Mark D. Sanders, Tia Sillers
Single of the Year: "I Hope You Dance" – Lee Ann Womack and Sons of the Desert
Album of the Year: How Do You Like Me Now?!Toby Keith
Top Male Vocalist: Toby Keith
Top Female Vocalist: Faith Hill
Top Vocal Duo: Brooks & Dunn
Top Vocal Group: Dixie Chicks
Top New Male Vocalist: Keith Urban
Top New Female Vocalist: Jamie O'Neal
Top New Vocal Duo or Group: Rascal Flatts
Video of the Year: "Goodbye Earl" – Dixie Chicks
Vocal Event of the Year: "I Hope You Dance" – Lee Ann Womack and Sons of the Desert

1999 (presented 2000)

Artist of the Decade: Garth Brooks
Entertainer of the Year: Shania Twain
Song of the Year: "Amazed" – Lonestar – Marv Green, Aimee Mayo
Single of the Year: "Amazed" – Lonestar
Album of the Year: FlyDixie Chicks
Top Male Vocalist: Tim McGraw
Top Female Vocalist: Faith Hill
Top Vocal Duo or Group: Dixie Chicks
Top New Male Vocalist: Brad Paisley
Top New Female Vocalist: Jessica Andrews
Top New Vocal Duo or Group: Montgomery Gentry
Video of the Year: "Breathe" – Faith Hill
Vocal Event of the Year: "When I Said I Do" – Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black

1998 (presented 1999)

Entertainer of the Year: Garth Brooks
Song of the Year: "Holes in the Floor of Heaven" – Steve Wariner – Steve Wariner, Billy Kirsch
Single of the Year: "This Kiss" – Faith Hill
Album of the Year: Wide Open SpacesDixie Chicks
Top Male Vocalist: Tim McGraw
Top Female Vocalist: Faith Hill
Top Vocal Duo or Group: Dixie Chicks
Top New Male Vocalist: Mark Wills
Top New Female Vocalist: Jo Dee Messina
Top New Vocal Duo or Group: Dixie Chicks
Video of the Year: "This Kiss" – Faith Hill
Vocal Event of the Year: "Just to Hear You Say That You Love Me" – Faith Hill and Tim McGraw

1997 (presented 1998)

Entertainer of the Year: Garth Brooks
Song of the Year: "It's Your Love" – Tim McGraw and Faith Hill – Stephony Smith
Single of the Year: "It's Your Love" – Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
Album of the Year: Carrying Your Love with MeGeorge Strait
Top Male Vocalist: George Strait
Top Female Vocalist: Trisha Yearwood
Top Vocal Duo or Group: Brooks & Dunn
Top New Male Vocalist: Kenny Chesney
Top New Female Vocalist: Lee Ann Womack
Top New Vocal Duo or Group: The Kinleys
Video of the Year: "It's Your Love" – Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
Vocal Event of the Year: "It's Your Love" – Tim McGraw and Faith Hill

1996 (presented 1997)

Entertainer of the Year: Brooks & Dunn
Song of the Year: "Blue" – LeAnn RimesBill Mack
Single of the Year: "Blue" – LeAnn Rimes
Album of the Year: Blue Clear SkyGeorge Strait
Top Male Vocalist: George Strait
Top Female Vocalist: Patty Loveless
Top Vocal Duo: Brooks & Dunn
Top Vocal Group: Sawyer Brown
Top New Male Vocalist: Trace Adkins
Top New Female Vocalist: LeAnn Rimes
Top New Vocal Duo or Group: Ricochet
Video of the Year: "I Think About You" – Collin Raye

1995 (presented 1996)

Entertainer of the Year: Brooks & Dunn
Song of the Year: "The Keeper of the Stars" – Tracy ByrdDickey Lee, Karen Staley, Danny Mayo
Single of the Year: "Check Yes or No" – George Strait
Album of the Year: The Woman in MeShania Twain
Top Male Vocalist: Alan Jackson
Top Female Vocalist: Patty Loveless
Top Vocal Duo: Brooks & Dunn
Top Vocal Group: The Mavericks
Top New Male Vocalist: Bryan White
Top New Female Vocalist: Shania Twain
Top New Vocal Duo or Group: Lonestar
Video of the Year: "The Car" – Jeff Carson

1994 (presented 1995)

Entertainer of the Year: Reba McEntire
Song of the Year: "I Swear" – John Michael MontgomeryGary Baker, Frank Myers
Single of the Year: "I Swear" – John Michael Montgomery
Album of the Year: Not a Moment Too SoonTim McGraw
Top Male Vocalist: Alan Jackson
Top Female Vocalist: Reba McEntire
Top Vocal Duo: Brooks & Dunn
Top Vocal Group: The Mavericks
Top New Male Vocalist: Tim McGraw
Top New Female Vocalist: Chely Wright
Top New Vocal Duo or Group: The Mavericks
Video of the Year: "The Red Strokes" – Garth Brooks

1993 (presented 1994)

Entertainer of the Year: Garth Brooks
Song of the Year: "I Love the Way You Love Me" – John Michael MontgomeryVictoria Shaw, Chuck Cannon
Single of the Year: "Chattahoochee" – Alan Jackson
Album of the Year: A Lot About Livin' (And a Little 'bout Love) – Alan Jackson
Top Male Vocalist: Vince Gill
Top Female Vocalist: Wynonna
Top Vocal Duo: Brooks & Dunn
Top Vocal Group: Little Texas
Top New Male Vocalist: John Michael Montgomery
Top New Female Vocalist: Faith Hill
Top New Vocal Duo or Group: Gibson/Miller Band
Video of the Year: "We Shall Be Free" – Garth Brooks

1992 (presented 1993)

Entertainer of the Year: Garth Brooks
Song of the Year: "I Still Believe in You" – Vince Gill – Vince Gill, John Barlow Jarvis
Single of the Year: "Boot Scootin' Boogie" – Brooks & Dunn
Album of the Year: Brand New Man – Brooks & Dunn
Top Male Vocalist: Vince Gill
Top Female Vocalist: Mary Chapin Carpenter
Top Vocal Duo: Brooks & Dunn
Top Vocal Group: Diamond Rio
Top New Male Vocalist: Tracy Lawrence
Top New Female Vocalist: Michelle Wright
Top New Vocal Duo or Group: Confederate Railroad
Video of the Year: "Two Sparrows in a Hurricane" – Tanya Tucker

1991 (presented 1992)

Entertainer of the Year: Garth Brooks
Song of the Year: "Somewhere in My Broken Heart" – Billy Dean – Billy Dean, Richard Leigh
Single of the Year: "Don't Rock the Jukebox" – Alan Jackson
Album of the Year: Don't Rock the Jukebox – Alan Jackson
Top Male Vocalist: Garth Brooks
Top Female Vocalist: Reba McEntire
Top Vocal Duo: Brooks & Dunn
Top Vocal Group: Diamond Rio
Top New Male Vocalist: Billy Dean
Top New Female Vocalist: Trisha Yearwood
Top New Vocal Duo or Group: Brooks & Dunn
Video of the Year: "Is There Life Out There" – Reba McEntire

1990 (presented 1991)

Entertainer of the Year: Garth Brooks
Song of the Year: "The Dance" – Garth Brooks – Tony Arata
Single of the Year: "Friends in Low Places" – Garth Brooks
Album of the Year: No Fences – Garth Brooks
Top Male Vocalist: Garth Brooks
Top Female Vocalist: Reba McEntire
Top Vocal Duo: The Judds
Top Vocal Group: Shenandoah
Top New Male Vocalist: Alan Jackson
Top New Female Vocalist: Shelby Lynne
Top New Vocal Duo or Group: Pirates of the Mississippi
Video of the Year: "The Dance" – Garth Brooks

1989 (presented 1990)

Artist of the Decade: Alabama
Entertainer of the Year: George Strait
Song of the Year: "Where've You Been" – Kathy Mattea – Jon Vezner, Don Henry
Single of the Year: "A Better Man" – Clint Black
Album of the Year: Killin' Time – Clint Black
Top Male Vocalist: Clint Black
Top Female Vocalist: Kathy Mattea
Top Vocal Duo: The Judds
Top Vocal Group: Restless Heart
Top New Male Vocalist: Clint Black
Top New Female Vocalist: Mary Chapin Carpenter
Top New Vocal Duo or Group: The Kentucky Headhunters
Video of the Year: "There's a Tear in My Beer" – Hank Williams, Jr. and Hank Williams

1988 (presented 1989)

Entertainer of the Year: Hank Williams, Jr.
Song of the Year: "Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses" – Kathy Mattea – Charles Nelson, Paul Nelson
Single of the Year: "Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses" – Kathy Mattea
Album of the Year: This WomanK. T. Oslin
Top Male Vocalist: George Strait
Top Female Vocalist: K. T. Oslin
Top Vocal Duo: The Judds
Top Vocal Group: Highway 101
Top New Male Vocalist: Rodney Crowell
Top New Female Vocalist: Suzy Bogguss
Video of the Year: "Young Country" – Hank Williams, Jr.

1987 (presented 1988)

Entertainer of the Year: Hank Williams, Jr.
Song of the Year: "Forever and Ever, Amen" – Randy TravisPaul Overstreet, Don Schlitz
Single of the Year: "Forever and Ever, Amen" – Randy Travis
Album of the Year: TrioDolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris
Top Male Vocalist: Randy Travis
Top Female Vocalist: Reba McEntire
Top Vocal Duo: The Judds
Top Vocal Group: Highway 101
Top New Male Vocalist: Ricky Van Shelton
Top New Female Vocalist: K. T. Oslin
Video of the Year: "80's Ladies" – K. T. Oslin

1986 (presented 1987)

Entertainer of the Year: Hank Williams, Jr.
Song of the Year: "On the Other Hand" – Randy TravisPaul Overstreet, Don Schlitz
Single of the Year: "On the Other Hand" – Randy Travis
Album of the Year: Storms of Life – Randy Travis
Top Male Vocalist: Randy Travis
Top Female Vocalist: Reba McEntire
Top Vocal Duo: The Judds
Top Vocal Group: The Forester Sisters
Top New Male Vocalist: Dwight Yoakam
Top New Female Vocalist: Holly Dunn
Video of the Year: "Whoever's in New England" – Reba McEntire

1985 (presented 1986)

Entertainer of the Year: Alabama
Song of the Year: "Lost in the Fifties Tonight" – Ronnie Milsap – Fred Parris, Mike Reid, Troy Seals
Single of the Year: "Highwayman" – The Highwaymen
Album of the Year: Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your MindGeorge Strait
Top Male Vocalist: George Strait
Top Female Vocalist: Reba McEntire
Top Vocal Duo: The Judds
Top Vocal Group: Alabama
Top New Male Vocalist: Randy Travis
Top New Female Vocalist: Judy Rodman
Video of the Year: "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes" – George Jones

1984 (presented 1985)

Entertainer of the Year: Alabama
Song of the Year: "Why Not Me" – The JuddsHarlan Howard, Brent Maher, Sonny Throckmorton
Single of the Year: "To All the Girls I've Loved Before" – Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias
Album of the Year: Roll On – Alabama
Top Male Vocalist: George Strait
Top Female Vocalist: Reba McEntire
Top Vocal Duo: The Judds
Top Vocal Group: Alabama
Top New Male Vocalist: Vince Gill
Top New Female Vocalist: Nicolette Larson
Video of the Year: "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight" – Hank Williams, Jr.

1983 (presented 1984)

Entertainer of the Year: Alabama
Song of the Year: "Wind Beneath My Wings" – Gary MorrisLarry Henley, Jeff Silbar
Single of the Year: "Islands in the Stream" – Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton
Album of the Year: The Closer You Get… – Alabama
Top Male Vocalist: Lee Greenwood
Top Female Vocalist: Janie Fricke
Top Vocal Duo: Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers
Top Vocal Group: Alabama
Top New Male Vocalist: Jim Glaser
Top New Female Vocalist: Gus Hardin

1982 (presented 1983)

Entertainer of the Year: Alabama
Song of the Year: "Are the Good Times Really Over" – Merle Haggard – Merle Haggard
Single of the Year: "Always on My Mind" – Willie Nelson
Album of the Year: Always on My Mind – Willie Nelson
Top Male Vocalist: Ronnie Milsap
Top Female Vocalist: Sylvia
Top Vocal Duo: Shelly West and David Frizzell
Top Vocal Group: Alabama
Top New Male Vocalist: Michael Martin Murphey
Top New Female Vocalist: Karen Brooks

1981 (presented 1982)

Entertainer of the Year: Alabama
Song of the Year: "You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma" – David Frizzell and Shelly WestFelice Bryant, Boudleaux Bryant, Larry Collins, Sandy Pinkard
Single of the Year: "Elvira" – The Oak Ridge Boys
Album of the Year: Feels So Right – Alabama
Top Male Vocalist: Merle Haggard
Top Female Vocalist: Barbara Mandrell
Top Vocal Duo: Shelly West and David Frizzell
Top New Male Vocalist: Ricky Skaggs
Top New Female Vocalist: Juice Newton

1980 (presented 1981)

Entertainer of the Year: Barbara Mandrell
Song of the Year: "He Stopped Loving Her Today" – George JonesBobby Braddock, Curly Putman
Single of the Year: "He Stopped Loving Her Today" – George Jones
Album of the Year: Urban Cowboy – Soundtrack
Top Male Vocalist: George Jones
Top Female Vocalist: Dolly Parton
Top New Male Vocalist: Johnny Lee
Top New Female Vocalist: Terri Gibbs

1979 (presented 1980)

Artist of the Decade: Loretta Lynn
Entertainer of the Year: Willie Nelson
Song of the Year: "It's a Cheatin' Situation" – Moe BandySonny Throckmorton, Curly Putman
Single of the Year: "All the Gold in California" – Larry Gatlin
Album of the Year: Straight Ahead – Larry Gatlin
Top Male Vocalist: Larry Gatlin
Top Female Vocalist: Crystal Gayle
Top Vocal Duo: Joe Stampley and Moe Bandy
Top New Male Vocalist: R. C. Bannon
Top New Female Vocalist: Lacy J. Dalton

1978 (presented 1979)

Entertainer of the Year: Kenny Rogers
Song of the Year: "You Needed Me" – Anne MurrayRandy Goodrum
Single of the Year: "Tulsa Time" – Don Williams
Album of the Year: Y'all Come Back SaloonThe Oak Ridge Boys
Top Male Vocalist: Kenny Rogers
Top Female Vocalist: Barbara Mandrell
Top Vocal Group: The Oak Ridge Boys
Top New Male Vocalist: John Conlee
Top New Female Vocalist: Cristy Lane

1977 (presented 1978)

Entertainer of the Year: Dolly Parton
Song of the Year: "Lucille" – Kenny RogersRoger Bowling, Hal Bynum
Single of the Year: "Lucille" – Kenny Rogers
Album of the Year: Kenny Rogers – Kenny Rogers
Top Male Vocalist: Kenny Rogers
Top Female Vocalist: Crystal Gayle
Top Vocal Group: The Statler Brothers
Top New Male Vocalist: Eddie Rabbitt
Top New Female Vocalist: Debby Boone

1976 (presented 1977)

Entertainer of the Year: Mickey Gilley
Song of the Year: "Don't the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time" – Mickey Gilley – Baker Knight
Single of the Year: "Bring It On Home to Me" – Mickey Gilley
Album of the Year: Gilley's Smoking – Mickey Gilley
Top Male Vocalist: Mickey Gilley
Top Female Vocalist: Crystal Gayle
Top Vocal Duo: Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn
Top New Male Vocalist: Moe Bandy
Top New Female Vocalist: Billie Jo Spears

1975 (presented 1976)

Entertainer of the Year: Loretta Lynn
Song of the Year: "Rhinestone Cowboy" – Glen Campbell – Larry Weiss
Single of the Year: "Rhinestone Cowboy" – Glen Campbell
Album of the Year: Feelin's – Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty
Top Male Vocalist: Conway Twitty
Top Female Vocalist: Loretta Lynn
Top Vocal Duo: Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn
Top New Male Vocalist: Freddy Fender
Top New Female Vocalist: Crystal Gayle

1974 (presented 1975)

Entertainer of the Year: Mac Davis
Song of the Year: "Country Bumpkin" – Cal Smith – Don Wayne
Single of the Year: "Country Bumpkin" – Cal Smith
Album of the Year: Back Home AgainJohn Denver
Top Male Vocalist: Merle Haggard
Top Female Vocalist: Loretta Lynn
Top Vocal Duo: Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn
Top New Male Vocalist: Mickey Gilley
Top New Female Vocalist: Linda Ronstadt

1973 (presented 1974)

Entertainer of the Year: Roy Clark
Song of the Year: "Behind Closed Doors" – Charlie RichKenny O'Dell
Single of the Year: "Behind Closed Doors" – Charlie Rich
Album of the Year: Behind Closed Doors – Charlie Rich
Top Male Vocalist: Charlie Rich
Top Female Vocalist: Loretta Lynn
Top Vocal Group: Brush Arbor
Top New Male Vocalist: Dorsey Burnette
Top New Female Vocalist: Olivia Newton-John

1972 (presented 1973)

Entertainer of the Year: Roy Clark
Song of the Year: "The Happiest Girl In the Whole USA" – Donna Fargo – Donna Fargo
Single of the Year: "The Happiest Girl In the Whole USA" – Donna Fargo
Album of the Year: The Happiest Girl In the Whole USA – Donna Fargo
Top Male Vocalist: Merle Haggard
Top Female Vocalist: Donna Fargo
Top Vocal Group: The Statler Brothers
Top New Male Vocalist: Johnny Rodriguez
Top New Female Vocalist: Tanya Tucker

1971 (presented 1972)

Entertainer of the Year: Freddie Hart
Song of the Year: "Easy Loving" – Freddie Hart – Freddie Hart
Single of the Year: "Easy Loving" – Freddie Hart
Album of the Year: Easy Loving – Freddie Hart
Top Male Vocalist: Freddie Hart
Top Female Vocalist: Loretta Lynn
Top Vocal Duo: Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn
Top New Male Vocalist: Tony Booth
Top New Female Vocalist: Barbara Mandrell

1970 (presented 1971)

Entertainer of the Year: Merle Haggard
Song of the Year: "For the Good Times" – Ray PriceKris Kristofferson
Single of the Year: "For the Good Times" – Ray Price
Album of the Year: For the Good Times – Ray Price
Top Male Vocalist: Merle Haggard
Top Female Vocalist: Lynn Anderson
Top Vocal Group: The Kimberleys
Top New Male Vocalist: Buddy Alan
Top New Female Vocalist: Sammi Smith

1969 (presented 1970)

Artist of the Decade: Marty Robbins
Single of the Year: "Okie from Muskogee" – Merle Haggard
Album of the Year: Okie from Muskogee – Merle Haggard
Top Male Vocalist: Merle Haggard
Top Female Vocalist: Tammy Wynette
Top Vocal Duo: Merle Haggard and Bonnie Owens
Top Vocal Group: The Kimberleys
Top New Male Vocalist: Freddy Weller
Top New Female Vocalist: Donna Fargo

1968 (presented 1969)

Single of the Year: "Little Green Apples" – Roger Miller
Album of the Year: Bobbie Gentry & Glen CampbellBobbie Gentry and Glen Campbell
Top Male Vocalist: Glen Campbell
Top Female Vocalist: Cathie Taylor
Top Vocal Duo: Johnny Mosby and Jonie Mosby
Top New Male Vocalist: Ray Sanders
Top New Female Vocalist: Cheryl Poole
Band of the Year: The Buckaroos

1967 (presented 1968)

Album of the Year: Gentle on My MindGlen Campbell
Top Male Vocalist: Glen Campbell
Top Female Vocalist: Lynn Anderson
Top Vocal Duo: Merle Haggard and Bonnie Owens
Top Vocal Group: Sons of the Pioneers
Top New Male Vocalist: Jerry Inman
Top New Female Vocalist: Bobbie Gentry
Band of the Year: The Buckaroos

1966 (presented 1967)

Top Male Vocalist: Merle Haggard
Top Female Vocalist: Bonnie Guitar
Top New Male Vocalist: Billy Mize
Top New Female Vocalist: Cathie Taylor
Band of the Year: The Buckaroos

1965 (presented 1966)

Top Male Vocalist: Buck Owens
Top Female Vocalist: Bonnie Owens
Top Vocal Duo: Merle Haggard and Bonnie Owens
Top New Male Vocalist: Merle Haggard
Top New Female Vocalist: Kaye Adams
Band of the Year: The Buckaroos

ACM Award records

Entertainer of the Year

Most Consecutive Entertainer of the Year Award wins:

  • Alabama (5) - (1981-1985)

Females to win Entertainer of the Year:

  • Loretta Lynn - (1975)
  • Dolly Parton - (1977)
  • Barbara Mandrell - (1980)
  • Reba McEntire - (1994)
  • Shania Twain - (1999)
  • The Dixie Chicks - (2000)
  • Carrie Underwood - (2008)

Most Entertainer of the Year Awards won:

  • Garth Brooks (6) - (1990-1993, 1997-1998)

Female Vocalist of the Year

Most Consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year Award wins:

  • Reba McEntire (4) - (1984-1987)

Most Female Vocalist of the Year Awards won:

  • Reba McEntire (7) - (1984-1987, 1990-1991, 1994)

Male Vocalist of the Year

Most Consecutive Male Vocalist of the Year Award wins:

  • Brad Paisley (3) - (2006-2008)

Most Male Vocalist of the Year Award wins:

  • Merle Haggard (6) - (1966, 1969-1970, 1972, 1974, 1981)

See also

External links

References

  1. ^ Academy of Country Music -> "The Academy" -> "History"
  2. ^ http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7017974596#ixzz0h4jv7kr8
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