He is nominated for entertainer of the year, an award he has won the last three years running. Aldean will also be the recipient of the ACM’s artist of the decade honor, which is named in memory of the show’s longtime producer, Dick Clark.
If Aldean wins entertainer of the year again, he’ll become the first person to take home entertainer of the year and artist of the decade on the same night since Garth Brooks achieved this double play 21 years ago. George Strait, who won artist of the decade for the 2000s in 2009, lost entertainer of the year that year to Carrie Underwood.
Aldean has strong competition for entertainer of the year. Keith Urban, who took entertainer of the year for the second time at the CMA Awards in November, has yet to win the top prize at the ACMs. Nominees Kenny Chesney and Luke Bryan are both repeat ACM entertainer of the year winners. Chesney has won it four times; Bryan twice. The fifth nominee is Chris Stapleton, who has yet to win entertainer of the year at either of the leading country awards shows, despite strong showings overall at both shows. Stapleton has won 13 CMA Awards and nine ACM Awards.
For all his success at the ACMs, Aldean has yet to win entertainer of the year at the CMAs. Aldean has been nominated for the CMA entertainer of the year prize four times, including this past year, but has yet to take it home.
Aldean was the first person to win the ACM Award for entertainer of the year three times before even once winning the equivalent CMA Award. Underwood and Toby Keith have each won the ACM entertainer of the year prize twice but have yet to win the equivalent CMA Award.
Aldean has amassed 14 ACM Awards and two CMA Awards. In 2011, he took CMA’s album of the year for My Kinda Party and musical event of the year for “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” a collaboration with Kelly Clarkson.
It’s a very different story at the ACMs, where Aldean won male vocalist of the year three years running immediately before beginning his three-year entertainer of the year streak, meaning he has won one or the other of these marquee prizes for six straight years.
The ACMs will air live from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.