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The Academy of Country Music Awards can play a very important role in shaping an artist's career. With a victory, millions upon millions of unfamiliar music fans can suddenly recognize a country musician and flock to listen to what impressed the voters. Sometimes, this boost takes a relatively unknown artist and turns them into a household name. There are plenty of examples of this happening since the first year of the ACMs (50 years before the 2015 ACMs). A number of great artists who might not have been heard of otherwise became stars. While it may have surprised outsiders, ultimately, these artists had their music heard by the masses.

So, who are the artists who had an ACM win give their career a boost and most benefited from their ACM wins? (It could have been in any category, not just Entertainer of the Year or Top Vocalist.) The likes of Kenny Chesney and Garth Brooks were already coming on strong with big singles, but their respective ACM victories legitimized their music. Relatively new artists (at the time of their wins) like Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, and Jake Owen used their victories to launch their career into superstardom.

It's up to you to decide to determine which artists and musicians had the biggest career boost due to an Academy of Country Music award victory. That said, if you notice someone missing from this list, feel free to add them. Vote or re-rank this list how you deem it to be fit.
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758 69
George Strait is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Musicians Whose ACM Award Wins Boosted Their Careers
George Strait Country

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2
678 99
Miranda Lambert is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Musicians Whose ACM Award Wins Boosted Their Careers
Miranda Lambert Western music, Country rock, Acoustic music

3
622 95
Alabama is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Musicians Whose ACM Award Wins Boosted Their Careers
Alabama Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

4
623 98
Alan Jackson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Musicians Whose ACM Award Wins Boosted Their Careers
Alan Jackson Country, Neotraditional country

5
638 108
Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Musicians Whose ACM Award Wins Boosted Their Careers
Carrie Underwood Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

6
560 110
Loretta Lynn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Musicians Whose ACM Award Wins Boosted Their Careers
Loretta Lynn Honky-tonk, Alternative country, Gospel music

7
567 114
Lady Antebellum is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Musicians Whose ACM Award Wins Boosted Their Careers
Lady Antebellum Country pop, Pop music, Country

8
563 115
Brooks & Dunn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Musicians Whose ACM Award Wins Boosted Their Careers
Brooks & Dunn Country

9
573 141
Garth Brooks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Musicians Whose ACM Award Wins Boosted Their Careers
Garth Brooks Country pop, Rock music, Country rock

10
532 136
Luke Bryan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Musicians Whose ACM Award Wins Boosted Their Careers
Luke Bryan Country

11
497 139
Dierks Bentley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Musicians Whose ACM Award Wins Boosted Their Careers
Dierks Bentley Country

12
477 165
The Band Perry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Musicians Whose ACM Award Wins Boosted Their Careers
The Band Perry Country pop, Rock music, Bluegrass

13
474 165
Eric Church is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Musicians Whose ACM Award Wins Boosted Their Careers
Eric Church Outlaw country, Country rock, Country

14
448 165
Keith Urban is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Musicians Whose ACM Award Wins Boosted Their Careers
Keith Urban Country pop, Contemporary Country, Country rock

15
361 194
Glen Campbell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Musicians Whose ACM Award Wins Boosted Their Careers
Glen Campbell Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

16
386 226
Florida Georgia Line is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Musicians Whose ACM Award Wins Boosted Their Careers
Florida Georgia Line Country pop, Country

17
357 228
Gretchen Wilson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Musicians Whose ACM Award Wins Boosted Their Careers
Gretchen Wilson Country rock, Country

18
342 288
Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Musicians Whose ACM Award Wins Boosted Their Careers
Taylor Swift Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

19
295 249
Kacey Musgraves is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Musicians Whose ACM Award Wins Boosted Their Careers
Kacey Musgraves Country

20
302 412
Dixie Chicks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Musicians Whose ACM Award Wins Boosted Their Careers
Dixie Chicks Country pop, Pop music, Rock music