Academy of Country Music Awards
The Academy of Country Music Awards, also known as the ACM Awards, were first held in 1966, honoring the industry's accomplishments during the previous year. It was the first country music awards program held by a major organization. The academy's signature "hat" trophy was first created in 1968. The awards were first televised in 1972 on ABC. In 1979, the academy joined with Dick Clark Productions to produce the show. Dick Clark and Al Schwartz served as producers while Gene Weed served as director. Under their guidance, the show moved to NBC in 1979, then to CBS in 1998, and Amazon Prime Video in 2022.
|Academy of Country Music Awards|
|Current: 58th Academy of Country Music Awards|
|Awarded for||Achievements in country music|
|Location||Variable U.S. locations|
|Presented by||Academy of Country Music|
|First awarded||April 1966|
Prime Video (2022–)
|Produced by||Dick Clark Productions|
The academy adopted a sleeker, modern version of the "hat" trophy in 2003, which is now made by the New York City firm Society Awards. In 2004, the organization implemented online awards voting for its professional members, becoming the first televised awards show to do so. Entertainer of the Year was a fan-voted award for eight years, until 2016, when the ACM announced its decision to abandon Internet-voting for it and the three new-artist categories.
The 57th ACM Awards were presented at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on March 7, 2022. The 58th ACM Awards will be presented at the Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, Texas on May 11, 2023.