Chris Stapleton Is the ACM Artist-Songwriter of the Decade

The Academy of Country Music just confirmed what we already know: Chris Stapleton is the Artist-Songwriter of the Decade. The…


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September 23, 2019


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The Academy of Country Music just confirmed what we already know: Chris Stapleton is the Artist-Songwriter of the Decade.

The ACM recently surprised Stapleton with the award at Nashville’s Berry Hill Studios.

“Had Chris Stapleton not been an artist, his impact on country music as a songwriter would be indelible,” Kelly Rich, ACM Special Awards Committee Co-Chair, shared. “Had he not been a songwriter for himself and others, his influence as a recording artist, performer and vocalist would have been just as undeniable. In combination, however, Chris epitomizes the spirit and intent of this award. We are thrilled to recognize both aspects of his contribution to country music over the last decade.”

According to a press release, the ACM Artist-Songwriter of the Decade Award “is defined as an artist who has commercially released material, written in whole or in part by the artist. This award recognizes a songwriter whose creative works and performance have impacted country music over the decade.” Factors included in the ACM’s decision to award the trophy include, but are not limited to, the following: success at radio, commercial media, sales and streaming, artistic merit and ACM Award recognition.

Stapleton, who was nominated for his first ACM Award in 2014, has won a total of 10 ACM Awards to date.

The Kentucky native is the third recipient of seven new ACM decade awards. Previous winners include Rhett Akins, who was named ACM Songwriter of the Decade, and Miranda Lambert and songwriters Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin for the ACM Song of the Decade for “The House That Built Me.”

Winners in the remaining categories will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.