It may be hard to believe, but the last — and only — time George Strait won the ACM Award for Entertainer of the Year, George H.W. Bush was President and the world wide web had just been invented.
This year, Strait earned a long-overdue second EOTY nomination, marking 25 years since his last win in 1989. In that time, Strait has managed to defy the status quo, and continued to produce chart-topping albums year after year. Take a closer look at some of the highlights of the King of Country’s career since his last win.
All but four of Strait’s albums peaked at No. 1 on the country charts.
Strait won Single of the Year in 1995 for “Check Yes or No” and followed in 1996-1997 with back-to-back wins for Male Vocalist of the Year, as well as back-to-back Album of the Year wins for “Clear Blue Sky” and “Carrying Your Love with Me.”
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Strait’s eponymous festival became the best-selling country music tour of the 1990s, featuring top acts including Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney and Alan Jackson.
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After a celebrity-fueled “60 For 60” campaign, Strait achieved a record-breaking 60th No. 1 hit with “Give It All We Got Tonight” just in time for the artist’s 60th birthday.
Strait earned the prestigious honor for the years 2000-2009.
Strait recently announced he would be retiring from the road following his current Cowboy Rides Away Tour, which means 2014 is likely the King’s last chance to win Entertainer of the Year. His final year, though, may prove to be his best.
The fan-voted award will be announced live on stage at the ACM Awards. To vote for your favorite Entertainer of the Year nominee, visit www.voteacm.com.
Tune in to see who wins Entertainer of the Year at the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards live on Sunday, April 6th at 8/7c on CBS.comments powered by Disqus