How "Entertainer of the Year" Nominees Made ACMs History
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“Entertainer of the Year” Nominees Made ACMs History

Every year, the Academy of Country Music honors the top country artist with the “Entertainer of the Year” award. The nominees in the category this year have made an exceptional mark in the history of the ACMs, collecting numerous nominations and wins. From older country legends to new sensations, their achievements, victories and record-breaking moments at the ACMs should be recognized.

George Strait

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Strait at the 1986 ACMs

George Strait was named ACMs “Entertainer of the Year” in 1990. In 2008, the Academy honored Strait as the 2000s “Artist of the Decade.” Strait’s outstanding career as a country artist has lead him to hold two all-time records for the ACMs with 19 wins and 81 nominations.

Luke Bryan

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Bryan at the 2013 ACMs

2013 was Luke Bryan‘s year to shine at the ACM Awards, as he received the Academy’s top honor, “Entertainer of the Year.” Bryan was the first male winner of the award since Kenny Chesney won in 2007. This year, he is nominated for the same award along with “Male Vocalist of the Year” and “Album of the Year” for his latest record Crash My Party. Bryan premiered the album’s first single, “Crash My Party,” at the award show last year.  

Blake Shelton

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Shelton at the 2013 ACMs

Blake Shelton has certainly made his historic mark on the ACMs stage. This year will be Blake Shelton’s fourth consecutive time co-hosting the ACM Awards and third time nominated for “Entertainer of the Year.” Blake also received one of the Academy’s top honors as “Male Vocalist of the Year” in 2012. In 2013, Blake won four out of five of the categories he was nominated for, including “Album of the Year” for his hit record, Based on a True Story. 

Miranda Lambert

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Lambert at the 2012 ACMs

Miranda Lambert is no stranger to the ACMs stage, having earned a variety of awards throughout her career. This year Lambert is nominated in seven categories, making her tied with Tim McGraw for most nominations.Among the titles she’s up for, she was nominated for “Female Vocalist of the Year” for eight consecutive years and “Entertainer of the Year” for her third time.

Taylor Swift

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Swift at the 2011 ACMs

Taylor Swift has several record staples in ACM history, including being the youngest artist to win “Entertainer of the Year” in two-consecutive years and the youngest to win “Album of the Year” for her hit record Fearless. Swift and Carrie Underwood are the only two artists to receive the show’s highest honor back-to-back. This year, Swift has garnered two nominations for herself and three for McGraw’s latest single, “Highway Don’t Care,” as she is featured on it with Keith Urban. Swift has received a total of twenty-eight ACMs nominations and six wins.

Tune in to the ACMs to see who wins “Entertainer of the Year:” Sunday, April 6th at 8/7c on CBS.

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