The Academy of Country Music Awards are just weeks away, and before the ACM Awards are presented at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 15, AXS is telling you five facts that you may not know about one of country music's biggest nights. Check out these interesting facts below, and get your tickets to the ACM Awards 2018 and the latest news about the ACM Awards at AXS.
1) Reba's return
Reba McEntire is the host of the ACM Awards 2018. It's the first time that McEntire has hosted the show in six years, but she's served as host more than a dozen times. She first co-hosted the ceremony 30 years ago alongside "The Dukes of Hazzard" actor John Schneider and Mac Davis. McEntire has also been the host or co-host of the ACM Awards in 1988, 1994, 1999, and then all the way from 2001 to 2012. As the most prominent female vocalist in country music and a legend in the genre by any measure, it's fitting that she's also carved out her own place in ACM Awards history - not counting the 16 ACM Awards she's won as a performer! Play the video above to go behind the scenes with Reba as she announced this year's nominees.
2) The show wasn't always hosted by a country star
Fans are used to the ACM Awards being hosted by actual country music stars, but that wasn't always the case. Various actors and TV personalities have also been part of the ceremony since it started in the 1960's, usually with musical ties of their own. Aside from the aforementioned John Schneider, some of the more interesting host choices included "Dallas" and "Step By Step" star Patrick Duffy (1987 and 1989) and "Wings" actress and singer Crystal Bernard (1997). The first ever ACM Awards host was actor Lorne Greene, known for his roles on the TV shows "Bonanza" and the original "Battlestar Galactica." Greene hosted the awards in 1967, a year after he'd already released his tenth and final album, Portrait of the West.
3) They've been West Coast-based
Unlike the Country Music Association Awards, which are based out of Nashville, the ACM Awards have almost always been held somewhere in Nevada or California. This year's ceremony is in Las Vegas, the ceremony's primary home since 2003. But before that, the ACMs were consistently held in or around Los Angeles. The only year that they've been further west than Nevada was 2015, where for the show's 50th anniversary the awards were given out at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Fans tend to think of country music as based in the South, but the ACM Awards have found a home in the Southwest.
4) They took over Knott's Berry Farm for several years
Ever imagine a music awards show at a theme park? That's what happened with the ACM Awards when they were held at Knott's Berry Farm. The ceremonies took over the theme park for six years from 1982 to 1988. It's not the traditional awards ceremony venue, but something obviously worked for the ACM Awards to stay there for multiple years. What makes this particular fact even more amusing is that when they moved in 1989, they moved to Disney Studios. So far, the Academy of Country Music has yet to visit Universal Studios Hollywood.
5) Miranda Lambert has a big streak going
Miranda Lambert is a nominee for Female Vocalist of the Year at the ACM Awards 2018 ceremony. If she wins, it will be the ninth time Lambert has claimed the award. But more than that, it'll be the ninth consecutive time she's won the category. Lambert won last year and has won dating back to the 2009 ceremony. Not even Reba McEntire had a streak that long; she won Female Vocalist of the Year seven times, just four of them in a row. But McEntire is also up for Female Vocalist of the Year, so she could claim win number eight if Lambert doesn't get win number nine.
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