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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.