This week country music takes over Las Vegas for the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, but it hasn’t always been that way. From Tinsel Town to Sin City, the ‘Academy of Country & Western Music awards,’ as it was called back then, has seen its fair share of superstars through the decades.
In this week’s GAC Trivia Time, we travel back in time to Hollywood for the first ACM Awards show in 1966, then follow the history all the way to this year!
Mar 28, 1966 - Roger Miller, Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and Bonnie Owens are double-winners at the inaugural Academy of Country & Western Music Awards, held at the Palladium in Hollywood. Miller is named Man of the Year and Top Songwriter
Mar 22, 1971 – Merle Haggard wins a trio of honors in the sixth Academy Of Country & Western Music Awards at the Hollywood Palladium, giving him a lucky 13 total in his career.
Mar 27, 1975 - Loretta Lynn and Merle Haggard win two honors apiece during the 10th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, hosted by Roger Miller at Los Angeles’ Aquarius Theater. Lynn claims Top Female Vocalist and shares Top Vocal Group with Conway Twitty
Apr 27, 1978 - Kenny Rogers dominates the 13th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium, winning four honors: Top Male Vocalist; Album of the Year, for Kenny Rogers; and Single Record and Song of the Year, for “Lucille”
May 9, 1983 - Willie Nelson is a double-winner, claiming Single Record of the Year, for “Always On My Mind,” and Album of the Year for an LP of the same name during the 18th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards, aired on NBC from Knott’s Berry Farm in California
Apr 24, 1991 - Garth Brooks wins a record six times in the 26th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards on NBC. His haul includes Entertainer of the Year and Top Male Vocalist; Album (No Fences); Single Record (“Friends In Low Places”); and Song and Video (“The Dance”)
May 10, 1995 - Reba McEntire leads a pack of four double-winners in the 30th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, broadcast live on NBC-TV from Los Angeles’ Universal Amphitheatre. She reclaims Entertainer of the Year and Top Female Vocalist
Apr 23, 1997 - LeAnn Rimes wins three times during the 32nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, an NBC broadcast from the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. She’s named Top New Female Vocalist, while “Blue” takes Song and Single Record of the Year
May 21, 2003 – The ACM Awards move to Vegas! Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts and Alan Jackson are double-winners in the 38th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, aired on CBS from Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay. Chesney takes Top Male Vocalist and Single Record of the Year, for “The Good Stuff”
May 23, 2006 - Brad Paisley claims three trophies at the 41st Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, aired by CBS from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The Dolly Parton duet, “When I Get Where I’m Going,” takes Vocal Event and Video of the Year; Time Well Wasted is Album of the Year
Apr 6, 2009 - George Strait is hailed as the Academy of Country Music’s Artist of the Decade during a taping for a CBS-TV special at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Strait closes the night with the rest of the cast backing him on “Troubadour”
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Don’t miss our LIVE coverage from the ACM Red Carpet this Sunday, April 3 at 7/6c, on GAC and here on GACTV.com! See your favorite superstars all decked out for the big night! Who can you not wait to see on the Red Carpet?
*ACM Awards trivia courtesy of RolandNote.com, the ultimate country music database!