Who Won the ACM Entertainer of the Year Award?

ACM Entertainer of the Year

The Academy of Country Music started awarding their Entertainer of the Year award at the 1971 ceremony, where Merle Haggard was the first recipient.

Since then multiple winners have included Alabama, Hank Williams Jr, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney and Taylor Swift.


2014 George Strait  
Other Nominees: Luke Bryan; Miranda Lambert; Blake Shelton; Taylor Swift
2013 Luke Bryan  
Other Nominees: Jason Aldean; Miranda Lambert; Blake Shelton; Taylor Swift
2012 Taylor Swift  
Other Nominees: Jason Aldean; Kenny Chesney; Brad Paisley; Blake Shelton
2011 Taylor Swift  
Other Nominees: Jason Aldean; Toby Keith; Miranda Lambert; Brad Paisley; Keith Urban
2010 Carrie Underwood  
Other Nominees: Kenny Chesney; Toby Keith; Brad Paisley; George Strait; Taylor Swift; Keith Urban; Zac Brown Band
2009 Carrie Underwood  
Other Nominees: Kenny Chesney; Brad Paisley; George Strait; Keith Urban
2008 Kenny Chesney  
Other Nominees: Brad Paisley; Rascal Flatts; George Strait; Keith Urban
2007 Kenny Chesney  
Other Nominees: Brooks & Dunn; Tim McGraw; Rascal Flatts; George Strait
2006 Kenny Chesney  
Other Nominees: Brooks & Dunn; Toby Keith; Rascal Flatts; Keith Urban
2005 Kenny Chesney  
Other Nominees: Brooks & Dunn; Toby Keith; Tim McGraw; Keith Urban
2004 Toby Keith  
Other Nominees: Alan Jackson; Brooks & Dunn; Kenny Chesney; Tim McGraw
2003 Toby Keith  
Other Nominees: Brooks & Dunn; Kenny Chesney; Dixie Chicks; Alan Jackson
2002 Brooks & Dunn  
Other Nominees: Garth Brooks; Alan Jackson; Toby Keith; Tim McGraw
2001 Dixie Chicks  
Other Nominees: Brooks & Dunn; Faith Hill; George Strait; Toby Keith
2000 Shania Twain  
Other Nominees: Dixie Chicks; Faith Hill; Sawyer Brown; Tim McGraw
1999 Garth Brooks  
Other Nominees: Brooks & Dunn; George Strait; Shania Twain; Tim McGraw
1998 Garth Brooks  
Other Nominees: Brooks & Dunn; George Strait; Reba McEntire; Tim McGraw
1997 Brooks & Dunn  
Other Nominees: Alan Jackson; Garth Brooks; George Strait; Tim McGraw
1996 Brooks & Dunn  
Other Nominees: Alan Jackson; Garth Brooks; Reba McEntire; Tim McGraw
1995 Reba McEntire  
Other Nominees: Alabama; Alan Jackson; Brooks & Dunn; Garth Brooks
1994 Garth Brooks  
Other Nominees: Alan Jackson; Clint Black; Reba McEntire; Travis Tritt
1993 Garth Brooks  
Other Nominees: Alan Jackson; Billy Ray Cyrus; Reba McEntire; Travis Tritt
1992 Garth Brooks  
Other Nominees: Alan Jackson; Clint Black; Randy Travis; Reba McEntire
1991 Garth Brooks  
Other Nominees: Clint Black; Dolly Parton; George Strait; Reba McEntire
1990 George Strait  
Other Nominees: Alabama; Dolly Parton; Hank Williams Jr; Randy Travis
1989 Hank Willams Jr  
Other Nominees: Alabama; George Strait; Randy Travis; The Judds
1988 Hank Willams Jr  
Other Nominees: Alabama; Randy Travis; Reba McEntire; Willie Nelson
1987 Hank Willams Jr  
Other Nominees: Alabama; George Strait; Reba McEntire; Ricky Skaggs
1986 Alabama  
Other Nominees: George Strait; Hank Williams Jr; Lee Greenwood; Ricky Skaggs
1985 Alabama  
Other Nominees: Hank Williams Jr; Oak Ridge Boys; Ricky Skaggs; Willie Nelson
1984 Alabama  
Other Nominees: Barbara Mandrell; Hank Williams Jr; Oak Ridge Boys; Willie Nelson
1983 Alabama  
Other Nominees: Barbara Mandrell; Kenny Rogers; Ricky Skaggs; Willie Nelson
1982 Alabama  
Other Nominees: Barbara Mandrell; Dolly Parton; Kenny Rogers; Oak Ridge Boys
1981 Barbara Mandrell  
Other Nominees: Dolly Parton; Eddie Rabbitt; Kenny Rogers; Willie Nelson
1980 Willie Nelson  
Other Nominees: Crystal Gayle; Kenny Rogers; Loretta Lynn; Waylon Jennings
1979 Kenny Rogers  
Other Nominees: Dolly Parton; Loretta Lynn; Roy Clark; Willie Nelson
1978 Dolly Parton  
Other Nominees: Kenny Rogers; Loretta Lynn; Mel Tillis; Roy Clark
1977 Mickey Gilley  
Other Nominees: Conway Twitty; Loretta Lynn; Marty Robbins; Mel Tillis
1976 Loretta Lynn  
Other Nominees: Glen Campbell; John Denver; Mickey Gilley; Roy Clark
1975 Mac Davis  
Other Nominees: Loretta Lynn; Merle Haggard; Ronnie Milsap; Roy Clark
1974 Roy Clark  
Other Nominees: Charlie Rich; Johnny Rodriguez; Mel Tillis; Merle Haggard
1973 Roy Clark  
Other Nominees: Charley Pride; Freddie Hart; Loretta Lynn; Merle Haggard
1972 Freddie Hart  
Other Nominees: Charley Pride; Glen Campbell; Loretta Lynn; Merle Haggard
1971 Merle Haggard  
Other Nominees: Charley Pride; Elvis Presley; Glen Campbell; Johnny Cash