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Country Music Musicians Whose ACM Award Wins Boosted Their Careers  

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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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1
762 70
George Strait is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Musicians Whose ACM Award Wins Boosted Their Careers
Country
2
681 101
Miranda Lambert is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Musicians Whose ACM Award Wins Boosted Their Careers
Western music, Country rock, Acoustic music
3
627 97
Alabama is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Musicians Whose ACM Award Wins Boosted Their Careers
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music
4
629 99
Alan Jackson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Musicians Whose ACM Award Wins Boosted Their Careers
Country, Neotraditional country
5
639 110
Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Musicians Whose ACM Award Wins Boosted Their Careers
Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music
6
561 112
Loretta Lynn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Musicians Whose ACM Award Wins Boosted Their Careers
Honky-tonk, Alternative country, Gospel music
7
567 115
Brooks & Dunn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Musicians Whose ACM Award Wins Boosted Their Careers
Country
8
567 115
Lady Antebellum is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Musicians Whose ACM Award Wins Boosted Their Careers
Country pop, Pop music, Country
9
576 141
Garth Brooks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Musicians Whose ACM Award Wins Boosted Their Careers
Country pop, Rock music, Country rock
10
534 137
Luke Bryan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Musicians Whose ACM Award Wins Boosted Their Careers
Country
11
498 140
Dierks Bentley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Musicians Whose ACM Award Wins Boosted Their Careers
Country
12
476 165
Eric Church is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Musicians Whose ACM Award Wins Boosted Their Careers
Outlaw country, Country rock, Country
13
478 166
The Band Perry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Musicians Whose ACM Award Wins Boosted Their Careers
Country pop, Rock music, Bluegrass
14
448 166
Keith Urban is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Musicians Whose ACM Award Wins Boosted Their Careers
Country pop, Contemporary Country, Country rock
15
361 195
Glen Campbell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Musicians Whose ACM Award Wins Boosted Their Careers
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music
16
386 228
Florida Georgia Line is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Musicians Whose ACM Award Wins Boosted Their Careers
Country pop, Country
17
358 229
Gretchen Wilson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Musicians Whose ACM Award Wins Boosted Their Careers
Country rock, Country
18
347 289
Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Musicians Whose ACM Award Wins Boosted Their Careers
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music
19
299 250
Kacey Musgraves is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Musicians Whose ACM Award Wins Boosted Their Careers
Country
20
304 413
Dixie Chicks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Musicians Whose ACM Award Wins Boosted Their Careers
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music