Country News

The Academy of Country Music announced that the ACM Artist-Songwriter of the Decade Award recipient is Chris Stapleton, who was awarded in a surprise presentation recently at the Berry Hill Studios in Nashville.

Stapleton joins as the third recipient of the seven all-new ACM Decade Award categories, including most recently announced ACM Songwriter of the Decade Award recipient Rhett Akins and ACM Song of the Decade Award recipients Miranda Lambert, and songwriters Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin, for ‘The House That Built Me.”

The ACM Artist-Songwriter of the Decade Award is defined as an artist who has commercially released material, written in whole or in part by the artist. This award recognizes a songwriter whose creative works and performance have impacted country music over the decade. The factors to be considered are, but are not limited to, success at radio, commercial media, sales and streaming, artistic merit and ACM Award recognition.

Chris received his first-ever ACM Award nomination in 2014, and in 2015 was nominated for seven ACM Awards, taking home a total of six wins during the 51st ACM Awards. In 2017, he received three ACM Awards, including Album of the Year. ACM Artist-Songwriter of the Decade Award marks a total of ten ACM Awards for him.