25 Surprising Facts About the Academy of Country Music Awards

Surprising Facts About the Academy of Country Music Awards

 Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will return to co-host the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards.

Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will return to co-host the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards.

This year’s show will mark Shelton’s fifth consecutive turn hosting the Awards and Bryan’s third time hosting the live televised event.

Blake Shelton received his fifth consecutive Male Vocalist of the Year nomination; he previously won the award in this category in 2012. He also received his fourth nomination in the Vocal Event of the Year category for “Lonely Tonight” with Ashley Monroe.

Luke Bryan earned his third consecutive Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year nomination; he previously won the Entertainer of the Year award at the 48th Academy of Country Music Awards in 2013. Bryan’s nominations also include Song of the Year for “Drink a Beer” and Vocal Event of the Year for “This Is How We Roll” with Florida Georgia Line.

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The ACM Awards were held in Las Vegas for 12 years (since 2003.)

The ACM Awards were held in Las Vegas for 12 years (since 2003.)

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For the first time ever, the ACMs will be held at Cowboy Stadium.

For the first time ever, the ACMs will be held at Cowboy Stadium.

Cowboy Stadium’s center video board is mounted 90 feet over the field and is 72 feet by 160 feet and weighs over 1.2 million pounds. It runs from 20-yard line to 20-yard line and it gives a 360-degree view of the action so guests never miss a play. 

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Brooks & Dunn have won the most ACM Awards.

Brooks & Dunn have won the most ACM Awards.

The famous pair have won 27 awards.

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Carrie Underwood earned her 10th consecutive nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year.

Carrie Underwood earned her 10th consecutive nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year.

She is also nominated for Video of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year for “Somethin’ Bad” with Miranda Lambert.
Eric Church is nominated twice in the Song of the Year category.

Eric Church is nominated twice in the Song of the Year category.

Eric Church is nominated twice in the Song of the Year category, as the artist and songwriter, for “Give Me Back My Hometown.” He was previously nominated twice in the same category in 2012 as the artist and songwriter for “Springsteen.”

Church is also nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year for The Outsiders.

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Garth Brooks holds the record for most Entertainer of the Year wins with six.

Garth Brooks holds the record for most Entertainer of the Year wins with six.

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George Strait is the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year.

George Strait is the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year.

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Glen Campbell earned his 34th overall nomination with his nod for Video of the Year for “I’m Not Gonna Miss You.”

Glen Campbell earned his 34th overall nomination with his nod for Video of the Year for “I’m Not Gonna Miss You.”

Even though it's his 34th nomination in the history of the Academy of Country Music Awards, it’s his first nomination in this category.

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Reigning Male Vocalist of the Year, Jason Aldean received his fifth consecutive nomination for Male Vocalist of the Year.

Reigning Male Vocalist of the Year, Jason Aldean received his fifth consecutive nomination for Male Vocalist of the Year.

If he wins, it would be his third consecutive win in this category. Aldean is also nominated for Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year for Old Boots, New Dirt.

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Kacey Musgraves earned her third consecutive nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year.

Kacey Musgraves earned her third consecutive nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year.

This is her second consecutive nomination for Song of the Year as a songwriter and first as an artist in that category.

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Merle Haggard was the first artist to win ACM Entertainer of the Year.

Merle Haggard was the first artist to win ACM Entertainer of the Year.

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Miranda Lambert been nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year for nine consecutive years.

Miranda Lambert been nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year for nine consecutive years.

Garth Brooks is nominated for Entertainer of the Year, and currently holds the most number of wins in this category.

Garth Brooks is nominated for Entertainer of the Year, and currently holds the most number of wins in this category.

He has a total of six trophies, and if he wins this will be his seventh. He previously won the Entertainer of the Year Award consecutively in 1990-1993 (4) and in 1997-1998 (2).

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Rascal Flatts has earned their 10th nomination for Vocal Group of the Year.

Rascal Flatts has earned their 10th nomination for Vocal Group of the Year.

If they win, this will be their eighth trophy in this category. They are the current record holders for most wins in the Vocal Group of the Year category.

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Kenny Chesney is nominated for four awards.

Kenny Chesney is nominated for four awards.

Chesney is nominated for Song of the Year, Video of the Year and twice in the Single Record of the Year category as an artist and producer for his hit song, “American Kids.” If he wins Video of the Year, it would be his first win in this category.

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In 2012, KISS made a surprise guest appearance at the ACM Awards and presented Vocal Group of the Year award to Lady Antebellum.

In 2012, KISS made a surprise guest appearance at the ACM Awards and presented Vocal Group of the Year award to Lady Antebellum.

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Merle Haggard holds the record for most Male Vocalist of the Year wins at a grand total of six.

Merle Haggard holds the record for most Male Vocalist of the Year wins at a grand total of six.

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This is the fifth time that Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have received a nomination for Vocal Event of the Year together.

This is the fifth time that Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have received a nomination for Vocal Event of the Year together.

Their songs “It's Your Love” and “Just To Hear You Say That You Love Me” won in this category the first two years it was ever presented, in 1998 and 1999, respectively.
Miranda Lambert is the most nominated artist this year.

Miranda Lambert is the most nominated artist this year.

With a total of eight, Lambert is the most nominated artist of the 2015 ACMs.
Miranda Lambert receives her ninth nod for Female Vocalist of the Year.

Miranda Lambert receives her ninth nod for Female Vocalist of the Year.

If she wins, it will be her sixth consecutive trophy in this category. She is the current record holder for most consecutive wins in the Female Vocalist of the Year category.

Lambert earned a total of eight nominations including Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year, Single Record of the Year, and twice for Song of the Year as artist and songwriter for “Automatic.” Her nominations continue with Video of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year for “Somethin’ Bad” with Carrie Underwood.

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Rascal Flatts holds the record for most Vocal Group of the Year wins with seven total awards.

Rascal Flatts holds the record for most Vocal Group of the Year wins with seven total awards.

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Reba holds the record for the most Female Vocalist of the Year wins at seven.

Reba holds the record for the most Female Vocalist of the Year wins at seven.

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Reba hosted the ACM Awards 14 times.

Reba hosted the ACM Awards 14 times.

She has also hosted the event more than any other individual.

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The Academy's signature trophy is a hat.

The Academy's signature trophy is a hat.

The trophy was created in 1968 and redesigned for a sleeker more modern look in 2003.