The Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM Awards) honors the biggest stars in country along with new, emerging talent in the genre each year. Country music lovers from all over the world can flock to the live awards ceremony to see their favorite artists perform and win awards that celebrate their musical achievements. Overall, the ACM Awards is one of the genre’s most highly-anticipated award show events. Five reasons we love the Academy of Country Music Awards are listed below.
1. The ACMs are “Country Music’s Party of the Year.”
Who doesn’t love a party? The ACM Awards are aptly deemed “Country Music’s Party of the Year.” Audience members, viewers, and artists alike have plenty of reasons to celebrate as a bevy of country superstars are honored in a fun and festive atmosphere. It's Vegas, Baby, and fans are prepped and ready to get the ACM party started.
2. The ACM Awards host other special events for “The Week Vegas Goes Country.”
The ACM Awards fun goes beyond the live awards ceremony and includes a week of exciting ACM Party for a Cause events like a special ACM Stories, Songs and Stars event, an ACM Topgolf Tee-Off and the ACM Awards Official After Party. Potions of proceeds from these events go to benefit the ACM charity ACM Lifting Lives, which “works to lift lives through the power of music” via things like music therapy and music education programs.
3. There are star-studded ACM musical performances.
A huge lineup of country music superstars takes the ACM stage each year to perform (and even debut) huge hit songs. Many of these performances mark the most memorable moments of the evening. In 2018, Kelly Clarkson and her legendary mother-in-law Reba McEntire hit the ACM stage to perform an epic duet of “Does He Love You.” Toby Keith sang “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” with Blake Shelton. And, in 2011 Carrie Underwood and Steven Tyler delivered a crazy-cool mashup of “Undo It” and “Walk This Way,” just to name a few examples.
4. There are always surprises.
All award shows inevitably serve up surprises and the ACMs have historically delivered their share. In 2010, Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert led a pack of performers through the CCR classic, John Fogerty-penned “Travelin’ Band,” including Fogerty himself, Brad Paisley and Charlie Daniels. The ladies rocked it before the guys joined in. It was an unexpected, explosive show opener.
5. Award winners are crowned.
Part of the excitement of any awards show is to finally end the suspense and find out who wins the awards. Diehard fans start pulling for their favorites the moment the ACM nominations are announced. Some of country’s biggest superstars have taken home multiple ACM Awards. For instance, Carrie Underwood has won 14 ACM Awards to date, including winning Entertainer of the Year in two consecutive years. Reba McEntire has won 16 ACMs out of a record-setting 47 nominations.