On This Day: Garth Brooks Breaks Winning Record at the 1991 ACMs

by Madison Miller

Garth Brooks has been popular in country music since he arrived on the scene in 1985. With an interesting combination of rock and pop elements in the country genre, Garth Brooks continues to have a massive career.

He is now one of the world’s best-selling music artists of all-time with over 170 million records sold.

Garth Brooks At the 1991 ACM Awards

On April 24, 1991, he set a major record in the country music world. He earned six different ACM Awards. He now shares this honor with Faith Hill and Chris Stapleton who managed to walk away with six in one night as well in later years.

Brooks got Top Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Country Music Video of the Year, Single Record of the Year, and Entertainer of the Year. Garth Brooks had released “No Fences” in 1990 and “Ropin’ the Wind” in 1991.

His songs “The Dance” and “Friends in Low Places” were songs that earned him awards that night.

It’s no uncommon occurrence for Brooks to dominate the competition at the ACM Awards. The year before he had three different ACM nominations. He has earned 20 ACM Awards and has been nominated 50 times.

His album “No Fences” is still his best-selling album to date. It was his second album but had quickly launched Brooks into a record-breaking career as a worldwide musician.

Brooks as an Entertainer

Garth Brooks is quite the entertainer. From concerts to world tours, Brooks has mastered how to put on a good show.

He has been recognized for that talent over the years as well. He had won Entertainer of the Year seven different times over the years at the CMAs. This doesn’t include his honor of being ACM’s Entertainer of the Year on multiple different occasions as well.

He had been winning the prestigious award so many times, Brooks eventually asked to be taken out of the running.

According to Vulture, Brooks had also said he would not campaign for the award at the 2020 CMA Awards. It started with a tweet that had gone viral that read, “Hey, man. This guy, why doesn’t he just step down [and leave] the entertainer for the next generation?”

Brooks announced at a press conference that he would leave the award to those who had not won it seven times already. He did, however, suggest that the CMAs create an “entertainer of the year emeritus” award. He would hate to have to walk away completely empty-handed. The CMAs turned that idea down quickly. The act of creating an award for a specific person and immediately giving it to them isn’t the greatest look.