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The Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards honor the country music industry’s accomplishments during the previous year. It was the first country music awards program to be held by a major organization. The awards were first televised in 1972.
The inaugural awards were held at the Hollywood Palladium in 1966. The awards then moved to the Beverly Hilton and Century Plaza Hotel for a year each before returning to the Hollywood Palladium for three years. From 1972 to 1988 the awards were hosted by Knott’s Berry Farm (Buena Park, CA), aside from 1976 and 1979 which were held at the Hollywood Palladium, and 1977, 1978, and 1981 which were held at the Shrine Auditorium. In 1989 the awards were held at Disney Studios (Burbank, CA).
From 1991 to 2002 the awards were hosted at the Universal Amphitheatre (Universal City, CA) before moving to Las Vegas where they were hosted by the Mandalay Resort & Casino from 2003 to 2005. Since 2006 the awards have been based at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, aside from 2015 (AT&T Stadium – Arlington, TX) and 2017 (T-Mobile Arena – Las Vegas).
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