All the Winners of ACM's New Decade Awards Categories
The Academy of Country Music Awards has racked up a number of new honors this year. Learn all about them and the recipients.
Ahead of the 2020 ACM Awards, several new prizes have been awarded for things like Album of the Decade, Single of the Decade, and many more brand new decades-related titles which the Academy will now give once every ten years.
Country superstars like Miranda Lambert and Luke Bryan can enjoy the special rewards that 20 board members, as well as the Special Awards Committee, came up with. Here's a breakdown.
ACM Song of the Decade Award
Miranda Lambert and songwriters Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin received a trophy for Song of the Decade for the single, "The House That Built Me," in a backstage presentation early last month.
According to the ACM site, factors like "success at radio, commercial media, sales and streaming, creative integrity, artistic merit, and ACM Award recognition" were all considered for the song of the decade and other awards.
Lambert, an esteemed country artist, has received the most awards from ACM thus far. "The Song That Built Me" won Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Video of the Year in 2009.
ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award
Jason Aldean already received his award for Artist of the Decade since it is not really new in the lineup. He follows Marty Robbins, Loretta Lynn, Alabama, Garth Brooks, and George Strait from previous years.
The award, named after producer and former ACM host Dick Clark who passed away in 2012, was given to Aldean for his success in all areas of his craft including tours, radio and tv appearances, sales and streaming.
ACM Songwriter of the Decade Award
Rhett Akins received this award for his written works which were the most impactful among all others in country music this decade. After nominations in 2011 and 2013, Akins won Songwriter of the Year back in 2017.
His hit songs include Blake Shelton's "Boys 'Round Here," Billie Currington's "Hey Girl," Jon Pardi's "Dirt on My Boots" Dustin Lynch's "Mind Reader," and Thomas Rhett's "Life Changes."
ACM Artist-Songwriter of the Decade Award
Chris Stapleton copped the Artist-Songwriter of the Decade Award in late September at a surprise presentation done in Berry Hill Studios. Stapleton has been in the industry since 2001 and written over 170 songs.
It's earned him 10 ACM Awards. The acclaimed country artist is as talented onstage as he is behind the scenes. His work is found in films as in "Toy Story 4's" "Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy."
Additionally, Stapleton has worked with top artists from other genres including Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Pink, and Sheryl Crow. His recept praise is well-deserved.
ACM Single of the Decade, Breakout Artist of the Decade, and Music Event of the Decade Awards
At the completion of their "Can't Say I Ain't Country" tour in Irvine, California, the duo Florida Georgia Line was given three awards by the ACM.
For the top-charting song "Cruise," Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley received the Single of the Decade Award. They got the Music Event of the Decade Award for doing "Meant to Be" with Bebe Rexha.
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We are so humbled to receive the first-ever ACM Breakout Artist of the Decade Award, ACM Single of the Decade Award and ACM Music Event of the Decade Award. This is just wild to us. Thank you so much to the @acmawards and our fans for continuing to support us in such a big way. It really means a lot. Y’all make it so easy for us to continue to count our blessings and we love you for it 🙏 📷: @theholymountain
The pair won Breakout Artist for being the first to impact country music this decade. In 2012, Florida Georgia Line came out with the album "Here's to the Good Times" and have been going strong ever since.
ACM Album of the Decade Award
Country legend Luke Bryan was given the final award in the ACM Decade Awards categories for his album "Crash My Party." The surprise presentation happened during Bryan's performance at "Opry Goes Pink."
Bryan received the award alongside producer Jeff Stevens and Capitol Records Nashville. The 2013 album broke records by having six #1 singles including "Play It Again," "Roller Coaster," and "I See You."
Bryan was emotional when he received the award earlier this week, but he made a special effort to credit his producers by bringing them up on stage and thanking them.
Miranda Lambert speaks on upcoming CMA Awards
Meanwhile, country artists like Miranda Lambert are already voicing their opinion on future winners for the upcoming CMA Awards which will take place on November 13.
Lambert chimed in via Instagram and voted for her CMA Entertainer of the Year. She praised nominees Garth Brooks, Eric Church, Chris Stapleton, and Keith Urban.
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Its fall weather in Nashville! Sitting here on my porch, I realize with the chill in the air that it’s getting closer to Nov which means my birthday month and @CMAawards final voting time. Entertainer Of The Year is the big one So I’m gonna share my two cents. 💙Keith- a friend and a hero of mine. He took me on tour in 2005. The first big tour I ever got to be part of. He belived in me when I was a baby artist and I will be forever grateful. 💙Garth - In Pieces. My first cassette tape I bought with my own money from doing chores. My first concert, Texas stadium 1993. The beginning of a twinkle in my eye. It was life changing. 💙Eric -one of the best songwriters of all time in my opinion. He turns a phrase like no other. I’ve had the pleasure of writing with him and he is someone that will push say something in a different way. 💙Chris- the kind of voice & songwriting that makes you want to quit, and work harder. A sound that can’t be beat. Period. 💗Carrie- The Entertainer Of The Year. Because... Currently being on tour with all female artists, I’ve been thinking a lot about all the work that goes into what we do. The most amazing job in the world. But it ain’t for the faint of heart. @carrieunderwood is on an all female tour too. The Cry Pretty Tour 360. She put out her first single in 2005 and from then on country music was changed for good. That iconic voice has been classin’ up our stages, charts and televisions for a decade and a half. The Voice. The legs. The songs. The brand. The mom. The wife. The okie. The Jesus lover. The blonde bombshell that is Carrie. She blows me away every time I hear her sing. She never wavers in who she is or what she stands for. She has stayed true & pushed herself to be better. If you have never heard her sing “How Great Thou Art” do yourself a favor and listen. I have her back in this picture and I’ll always have her back. So for the sake of sequins, spanx and spray tans, take it home! You Carrie the torch! 😉#Carrieon #EOTY
However, Lambert believes that Underwood has all the keys to take home the award this year. She wrote a lengthy caption reasoning out why Underwood should win alongside a sweet picture of them performing together.