The award will commemorate the artists’ groundbreaking career achievements in ACM Awards history. The seven artists chosen by the ACM’s board of directors will be recognized for advancing the popularity and acceptance of country music by accomplishing milestones unique to the Academy of Country Music.
Garth Brooks: Most-Awarded ACM Entertainer of the Year
His 21 ACM awards include six entertainer of the year trophies.
Kenny Chesney: First Fan-Voted ACM Entertainer of the Year
Chesney has received 11 ACM awards, including four as entertainer of the year. In 2008, he became the first artist to be named the ACM’s entertainer of the year when fans were allowed for the first time to cast their votes online.
Miranda Lambert: Most-Awarded Solo Female Artist
With a total of 18 wins, Lambert is the Academy’s most-awarded solo female artist. She also holds the record for the most consecutive female vocalist — five awards.
Reba McEntire: Most-Awarded Female Vocalist of the Year
Having won a total of 13 ACM awards, she is the Academy’s most-awarded female vocalist of the year with seven wins.
George Strait: ACM Winner Over Four Decades
The Texan has earned a total of 21 ACM awards spanning the course of four consecutive decades, including his first ACM entertainer of the year honor in 1989 and another win in the category in 2013.
Taylor Swift: Youngest ACM Entertainer of the Year
Swift has won eight ACM awards and became the organization’s youngest entertainer of the year when she collected the trophy at age 21
Brooks & Dunn: Most-Awarded Artist
Brooks & Dunn, the best-selling duo in country music history, have won the most ACM Awards in the past 50 years with a total of 27 wins, including three entertainer of the year trophies. They also hold the record as the top-winning vocal duo (with 16) awards) and the most consecutive vocal duo wins (eight).
The 50th Anniversary Milestone Award trophies — designed by sculptor and jeweler David Yurman — will be presented during the 50th annual ACM Awards show taking place April 19 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Each trophy is sculpted out of more than 1,010 grams of sterling silver on a zinc base. The cowboy hat on the trophy top is embellished with 4.16 carats of black diamonds.