Chris Stapleton has been recognized by the Academy of Country Music as the inaugural ACM artist-songwriter of the decade. The award is given to an artist who has commercially released material that he has written, and to someone who has impacted country music over the past decade.
According to the ACM, the factors to be considered for the honor include success at radio, commercial media, sales and streaming, artistic merit and ACM Award recognition. In 2015, Stapleton was nominated for seven ACM Awards, taking home six trophies during the 51st ACM Awards. In 2017, he received three ACM Awards, including album of the year.
“Had Chris Stapleton not been an artist, his impact on country music as a songwriter would be indelible,” said Kelly Rich, ACM special awards committee co-chair, in a statement. “Had he not been a songwriter for himself and others, his influence as a recording artist, performer and vocalist would have been just as undeniable. In combination, however, Chris epitomizes the spirit and intent of this award. We are thrilled to recognize both aspects of his contribution to country music over the last decade."