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 54TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS®, aired LIVE on April 7, 2019 and was hosted by iconic entertainer and 16-time ACM Award® winner, Reba McEntire, on the CBS Television Network from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. The ACM Awards named Keith Urban as Entertainer of the Year, his first win in the category and the evening’s biggest honor. With this win, he will receive the prestigious ACM Triple Crown Award, as he previously received awards for New Male Vocalist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year.
Dan + Shay won Duo of the Year as well as Song of the Year and Single of the Year for “Tequila.” In addition to the wins as an artist, Dan Smyers received two individual wins as a producer in the Single of the Year category and songwriter in the Song of the Year category.
Kacey Musgraves won Female Artist of the Year for the first time. She also won Album of the Year as both artist and producer, for Golden Hour. Musgraves previously won in the Album of the Year category in 2013 for Same Trailer Different Park. Thomas Rhett won Male Vocalist of the Year for the second time. He first won the award at the 52nd ACM Awards in 2017.
During the telecast, former ACM Artist of the Decade Award honoree George Strait presented Jason Aldean with the ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award. In celebration of the honor, Aldean performed a medley of his hits including “Lights Come On,” “Don’t You Wanna Stay” with Kelly Clarkson and “Dirt Road Anthem.”
The show is produced for television by dick clark productions.
R.A. Clark, Reba McEntire, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers. Pete Fisher is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.