It was a celebration of 50 years and it was quite a bash. The 50th anniversary of the Academy of Country Music Awards were handed out April 19.
Because it was such a special year, the show was moved to the huge AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. That is the home for the Dallas Cowboys. To have a TV show at the place could prove daunting. This award show also lets in fans so it was loud. And many performers and presenters seemed like they couldn’t hear or hit their marks.
That aside, the performances on the ACM’s always get people talking. But, this story is not about that part of the show are the awards that were presented live on the show, which aired on CBS.
People tuned in to the show on CBS. The Wrap noted that it scored the most viewers in 17 years.
Luke Bryan did take home Entertainer of the Year, while Miranda Lambert had a big night. But, a few other awards were handed out. No, not the Milestone ones, either. They were also featured in the show.
These are special ones, too. Rolling Stone did feature them. But, here are some right here. For a complete list, head here.
Chicago was represented at the 2015 ACM Awards, even though they announced the winners earlier this month. Here is how the ACM’s noted this in a release. The Academy of Country Music announced today the winners of awards that will not be televised during the 50TH Academy of Country Music Awards, due to time constraints, it stated.
WUSN-FM in Chicago won Radio Station of the Year (large market). Lisa Dent & Ramblin’ Ray won on-air personality honors for WUSN, too. Plus another Chicago mainstay won. Joe’s Bar won Nightclub of the Year. The neighbor to the north, Wisconsin, was shown some love, too. Country Thunder USA in Twin Lakes, WI was named Festival of the Year. This was first time a festival award was presented.
Ed Warm won Promoter of the Year for Joe’s Live. Chicago was not forgotten and the awards helped show its ties to country music.
There were others:
– The Career Achievement Award went to Alabama. They “advanced the popularity and acceptance of country music through their endeavors in the entertainment industry.”
– Loretta Lynn has been chosen to receive the Crystal Milestone Award. This award is given “to an artist or industry leader to commemorate a specific, remarkable achievement.”
– Luke Bryan won the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award. It “acknowledges unprecedented, unique and outstanding individual achievement in country music.”
– Eric Church received the Jim Reeves International Award. It is presented “to an artist for outstanding contributions to the acceptance of country music throughout the world.”
– The Mae Boren Axton Award went to Barry Adelman and Tim DuBois. In “recognition of years of dedication and service by an outstanding individual to the Academy of Country Music.”
-The Poet’s Award went to Felice and Boudleaux Bryant (awarded posthumously) and Bob McDill.
Venues are important to showcase the talent and they are recognized by the Academy. The small capacity venue was awarded to the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. The medium venue went to Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO. Finally, the large capacity spot to see a show went to the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, CA.