2017 ACM Awards Live,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.
2017 ACM Awards Live,It was the first country music awards program held by a major organization. The Academy’s signature “hat” trophy was first created in 1968.
2017 ACM Awards Live,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 and finally to CBS, where it remains today.
2017 ACM Awards Live,In 2003, the awards show left Los Angeles and moved to Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Events Center through 2005. The Academy also 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.
2017 ACM Awards Live,The show was moved to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas from 2006 through 2014 before relocating to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex in 2015.citation needed The 2015 show broke the Guinness record for Most Attended Awards Show, with 70,252.The show returned to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in 2016. It was announced on January 27, 2017 that the show will move to the new T-Mobile Arena in 2017.
2017 ACM Awards Live,The most prestigious awards are for Artist of the Decade and Entertainer of the Year. There are a number of other awards to recognize male and female vocalists, albums, videos, songs, and musicians. The awards are typically presented in April or May and recognize achievement for the previous year.
2017 ACM Awards Live,After an eight-year experiment intended to improve consumer engagement, in 2016 the ACM announced its decision of abandon fan-voting for Entertainer of the Year and its three new-artist categories, thanks to the cost of participation and several rifts that had developed among artists. The program was controversial from the start. Kenny Chesney, after winning the first fan vote for entertainer in 2008, criticized the process backstage, complaining that instead of acknowledging artists’ hard work, the vote had devolved into a marketing contest that rewarded people for “seeing how hard you can push people’s buttons on the Internet.”