For over 50 years, the Academy of Country Music Awards® has been dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The star-studded ceremony features once-in-a-lifetime musical collaborations, performances and more as some of country's greatest talents are recognized for their achievements.
The Academy of Country Music Awards® is dedicated to honoring the country music lifestyle and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent across the country music industry.
The Academy of Country Music was the first organization to obtain a country music awards program, propelling country music into the spotlight in 1966. The show has been produced for television by dick clark productions since 1979.
The 53RD ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™, Country Music’s Party of the Year®, was LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 15, 2018 on the CBS Television Network. The 53rd ACM Awards, honored and showcased the biggest names and emerging talent in country music, featuring exciting performances, unprecedented collaborations, and surprising moments. The awards telecast honored three of country music’s hit songs from 1993 with the “ACM Flashbacks” segments, with Toby Keith and Blake Shelton performing Keith’s celebrated No.1 debut single “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” Alan Jackson and Jon Pardi performing Jackson’s ACM Award-winning hit “Chattahoochee” and Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson performing Reba’s GRAMMY® Award-winning hit “Does He Love You.” Additional collaborations included Kane Brown and Lauren Alaina performing the multi-platinum, No. 1 hit “What Ifs,” Bebe Rexha with Florida Georgia Line performing the chart-topping hit “Meant to Be” and ACM Vocal Event of the Year winner Keith Urban and Julia Michaels performing Urban’s new single “Coming Home.”
The show is produced for television by dick clark productions.
Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers. Pete Fisher is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.