While the speeches can catch singers off-guard and emotional, there are many ACM acceptances that keep us entertained far after they air on TV. We hope to see more history made as well as memorable speeches given at tonight’s Academy of Country Music Awards. Here are five of the most iconic speeches delivered in the 55 years of ACM Awards.
1. Loretta Lynn Makes History As First Woman To Win Entertainer of the Year (1974)
2. Garth Brooks Wins Artist of The Decade at the ’99 ACM Awards
3. Kenny Chesney Thanks His Parents For..WHAT?
4. Taylor Swift And Her Mother Shine at the 2015 Awards
Swift comments on how she watched Taylor “learning to stand up for herself and the things she believes in, being brave enough to explore her musical curiosity, having a voice against those who hate and giving of herself to those in need,” as the young star grew up. Taylor’s acceptance of the ACM Milestone Award is just as heartwarming. She declares her love for the country music community for accepting her decision to explore the pop music genre.