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Artist/Song/Album Name Award Category Year Credits Winner
Toby Keith Merle Haggard Spirit Award 2020 A 20-time ACM Award-winner, To
by K
eith is still taking charge of his incredible career with sold-out concerts, an arsenal of hits and a swagger that has endeared him to millions of fans. He proudly revealed his true colors and spirit as both artist and songwriter with anthems like "Ho
w Do You Li
ke Me N
ow?!" and “Cour
tesy of the Re
d, W
hite and B
lue (The A
ngry Amer
ican).” After an impressive run at Coun
try radio that began in the ‘90s, he continues to be one of the most successful self-directed creators in music history as an artist, songwriter, singer, musician and producer. Kei
th has written the vast majority of his 32 No. 1s hits and has had a chart-topping single every year for 20-consec
utive years. Ke
ith was In
ducted into the Songw
riters Hall of Fame in 2015. He also received the ACM Poet’s award for his songwriting body of work in 2016. He received the Nat
ional Me
dal of the Ar
ts in 2021.
Winner
Dierks Bentley Merle Haggard Spirit Award 2017 Winner
Eric Church Merle Haggard Spirit Award 2016 Winner
Miranda Lambert ACM Merle Haggard Spirit Award 2015 Miranda Lambert continues to reign as the most decorated artist in the history of the Academy of Country Music, most recently earning her second ACM Video of the Year award and her first ACM Entertainer of the Year title at the 57th ACM Awards, bringing her career total to 37 ACM awards. Additional highlights include a record-setting nine consecutive ACM Female Artist of the Year awards, ACM Song of the Decade for “The Ho
use That Built Me,” 10 ACM Song and ACM Single of the Year awards (as either an artist or an artist and songwriter), the ACM Milestone Award, and the first-ever ACM Spirit Award. A multi-faceted entertainer, Lambert’s career boasts an impressive discography; her latest album, Palomino, becoming the eighth solo album of her career (seven of which went No. 1), along with 10 No. 1 hit radio singles, three albums with her trio, The Pis
tol Annies, and her 2021 ACM and GRAMMY-nominated project The Marfa Tapes, a raw and intimate recording with collaborators Jack In
gram and J
on Ran
dall. With more than 70 prestigious awards to her name, the Li
ndale, TX native has remained an unstoppable force since her 2006 breakthrough win for ACM Top New Female Vocalist. Taking on both a co-headlining tour with Li
ttle Big Town, “The Ba
ndwagon Tour,” and a Las Vegas Residency, “Vel
vet Rodeo,” in 2022 – Lambert continues to forge her own path in Country Music. She remains true to her Texas roots with her Boot Barn-exclusive cowboy boot collection, Idy
llwind, while advocating for the adoption of rescue pets through her MuttNation Foundation. 

Upon being appointed president at Capitol Nashville in 2000, Dungan again tapped into a promising group of new artists and guided them into Country stardom. He elevated the careers of Li
ttle Bi
g To
wn, Dari
us Ruck
er, and Ke
ith Ur
ban, and brought Di
erks Bent
ley, L
uke Br
yan, Er
ic Chur
ch, and La
dy Ant
ebellum to the label. In 2012, Dungan joined U
MG Nashville as Chairman and CEO, ushering in another lucrative decade with artists like Brot
hers Osb
orne, Ka
cey Mus
graves, and Ch
ris Stapl
eton. The label group continues to thrive with rising stars like Pr
iscilla Bl
ock, Jord
an D
avis, and Parke
r McColl
um. Dungan’s philanthropic efforts have supported entities such as Mu
sic He
alth All
iance, W
ounded War
rior Pro
ject, St. Ju
de Chil
dren’s Res
earch Hospital, the Com
munity Founda
tion of Middle Tennessee, and Second Har
vest Foo
d Ban
k.
Winner
Toby Keith
Merle Haggard Spirit Award
2020
A 20-time ACM Award-winner, To
by K
eith is still taking charge of his incredible career with sold-out concerts, an arsenal of hits and a swagger that has endeared him to millions of fans. He proudly revealed his true colors and spirit as both artist and songwriter with anthems like "Ho
w Do You Li
ke Me N
ow?!" and “Cour
tesy of the Re
d, W
hite and B
lue (The A
ngry Amer
ican).” After an impressive run at Coun
try radio that began in the ‘90s, he continues to be one of the most successful self-directed creators in music history as an artist, songwriter, singer, musician and producer. Kei
th has written the vast majority of his 32 No. 1s hits and has had a chart-topping single every year for 20-consec
utive years. Ke
ith was In
ducted into the Songw
riters Hall of Fame in 2015. He also received the ACM Poet’s award for his songwriting body of work in 2016. He received the Nat
ional Me
dal of the Ar
ts in 2021.
Winner
Dierks Bentley
Merle Haggard Spirit Award
2017
Winner
Eric Church
Merle Haggard Spirit Award
2016
Winner
Miranda Lambert
ACM Merle Haggard Spirit Award
2015
Miranda Lambert continues to reign as the most decorated artist in the history of the Academy of Country Music, most recently earning her second ACM Video of the Year award and her first ACM Entertainer of the Year title at the 57th ACM Awards, bringing her career total to 37 ACM awards. Additional highlights include a record-setting nine consecutive ACM Female Artist of the Year awards, ACM Song of the Decade for “The Ho
use That Built Me,” 10 ACM Song and ACM Single of the Year awards (as either an artist or an artist and songwriter), the ACM Milestone Award, and the first-ever ACM Spirit Award. A multi-faceted entertainer, Lambert’s career boasts an impressive discography; her latest album, Palomino, becoming the eighth solo album of her career (seven of which went No. 1), along with 10 No. 1 hit radio singles, three albums with her trio, The Pis
tol Annies, and her 2021 ACM and GRAMMY-nominated project The Marfa Tapes, a raw and intimate recording with collaborators Jack In
gram and J
on Ran
dall. With more than 70 prestigious awards to her name, the Li
ndale, TX native has remained an unstoppable force since her 2006 breakthrough win for ACM Top New Female Vocalist. Taking on both a co-headlining tour with Li
ttle Big Town, “The Ba
ndwagon Tour,” and a Las Vegas Residency, “Vel
vet Rodeo,” in 2022 – Lambert continues to forge her own path in Country Music. She remains true to her Texas roots with her Boot Barn-exclusive cowboy boot collection, Idy
llwind, while advocating for the adoption of rescue pets through her MuttNation Foundation. 

Upon being appointed president at Capitol Nashville in 2000, Dungan again tapped into a promising group of new artists and guided them into Country stardom. He elevated the careers of Li
ttle Bi
g To
wn, Dari
us Ruck
er, and Ke
ith Ur
ban, and brought Di
erks Bent
ley, L
uke Br
yan, Er
ic Chur
ch, and La
dy Ant
ebellum to the label. In 2012, Dungan joined U
MG Nashville as Chairman and CEO, ushering in another lucrative decade with artists like Brot
hers Osb
orne, Ka
cey Mus
graves, and Ch
ris Stapl
eton. The label group continues to thrive with rising stars like Pr
iscilla Bl
ock, Jord
an D
avis, and Parke
r McColl
um. Dungan’s philanthropic efforts have supported entities such as Mu
sic He
alth All
iance, W
ounded War
rior Pro
ject, St. Ju
de Chil
dren’s Res
earch Hospital, the Com
munity Founda
tion of Middle Tennessee, and Second Har
vest Foo
d Ban
k.
Winner