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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
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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
Miranda Lambert made history at the 2018 ACM Awards, becoming the all-time most awarded artist in Academy history with her wins for "Tin Man" as Song of the Year and her ninth consecutive Female Vocalist trophy. She currently has received 32 ACM awards including five Album of the Year awards 10 Song and Single of the Year awards (as either an artist or songwriter) and the first-ever ACM Me
rle Hag
gard Spirit Award. Meanwhile, Lambert and her friends Ash
ley Mon
roe and Anga
leena Pres
ley resurrected the Pistol Annies in 2018 with Interstate Gospel, a captivating collection that followed Lambert's acclaimed solo release, The Weight of These Wings. Highlighted by singles like "Vice" and "Tin Man," that platinum project won an ACM award for Album of the Year - the fifth time she's won in that category. The Lindale, Texas, native has acquired ACM trophies for hits like "Smokin' and Drinkin'," "Automatic," "Mama's Broken Heart," "We Were Us," "Over," "Over You," "The House That Built Me" and "White Liar." Since winning the 2006 New Female Vocalist award, Lambert has forged her own career path - prompting her to receive the first-ever ACM Merle Haggard Spirit Award in 2016. She supports the next generation of women creators through a songwriting scholarship at Belmont University while continuing to raise awareness for shelter dogs through her MuttNation Foundation.
ACM Merle Haggard Spirit Award 2015 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
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Miranda Lambert
ACM Merle Haggard Spirit Award
2015
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