Academy of Country Music (ACM) was founded in 1964 in Los Angeles,
California as the Country & Western Music Academy. Among those
involved in the founding was Eddie Miller and Tommy Wiggins, who
joined Mickey Christensen and Chris Christensen. They wanted to
promote country music in the western 13 states with the support of
artist based on the West Coast. Artist such as Johnny Bond, Glen
Campbell, Merle Haggard, Roger Miller, and many more influenced them.
The ball finally started rolling in 1965 when a board of directors was
formed to govern the Academy.
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The Country & Western Music Academy was founded in 1964. The
Academy sought to promote country/western music in the western states;
this was in contrast to the Country Music Association, based in
Nashville, Tennessee (then the center of the pop-oriented Nashville
sound). During the early 1970s, the organization changed its name to
the Academy of Country and Western Music and finally to the Academy of
Country Music to avoid confusion about whether the organization was a
school. Being based in the West, its early membership was largely
composed of those country performers based there. This is evidenced by
the early awards shows being dominated by Bakersfield artists Buck and
Bonnie Owens, and Merle Haggard. Due to the convergence of country and
western music into one genre in the late 20th century, the Academy and
the Association no longer have a significant distinction in the
artists each organization promotes and recognizes.
At the first ceremony held in 1966 (thus predating its Nashville
counterpart's award ceremony by a year), honoring the industry and
artist from the previous year. This ceremony was the first awards
ceremony in country music. Winners from the first ceremony included
Kay Adams, Merle Haggard,
Bonnie Owens and Buck Owens. Fran Boyd, the
first paid employee, created the signature “hat” trophy which is
still around today. During this time, they expanded the efforts by
sponsoring “Country Music Caravan” in Los Angeles and promoting
their efforts to benefit Prisoners of War (also held in Los Angeles).
Academy of Country Music Awards
The awards are “dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest
names and emerging talent in the country music industry.” Every
year, the ceremony is televised live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Typically, the ACM Awards are presented in April or May and recognize
the achievements from the previous year. The most prestigious awards
are for Artist of the Decade and Entertainer of the Year. There are a
number of other awards to recognize male and female vocalists, albums,
videos, songs and musicians. The awards are typically presented in
April or May and recognize achievement for the previous year.
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Academy of Country Music - Mission". acmcountry.com. Retrieved
April 5, 2012.