The ACM Just Revealed Seven New Decade Awards & Miranda Lambert Is Already a Winner

After crowning Jason Aldean ACM Artist of the Decade in the spring, the Academy of Country Music has announced plans…


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September 4, 2019


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After crowning Jason Aldean ACM Artist of the Decade in the spring, the Academy of Country Music has announced plans for seven all-new ACM Decade Award categories.

The new categories, which will be awarded every 10 years, include ACM Song of the Decade, ACM Album of the Decade, ACM Artist-Songwriter of the Decade, ACM Breakout Artist of the Decade, ACM Single of the Decade, ACM Songwriter of the Decade and ACM Music Event of the Decade.

A press release announcing the new awards states: “The ACM Decade Awards were ratified by the ACM Board of Directors, following a stringent examination by more than 20 Board members and the ACM Special Awards Committee co-chaired by Chucky Aly and Kelly Rich – from the full spectrum of creative and commercial aspects of the genre – of the most influential projects over the past decade of country music.”

Country superstar Miranda Lambert and songwriters Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin were recently surprised with the trophy for ACM Song of the Decade for Lambert’s massive hit, “The House That Built Me.” The song was previously awarded with three ACM Awards: Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Video of the Year.

“The Special Awards committee convened multiple times, put aside their professional interests and were diligent in considering the fullness of country music in arriving at these honors. This is not, however, the Academy of Country Music deciding who or what should be honored. This is simply our recognition of self-evident truth. ‘The House That Built Me’ is the Song of the Decade in country music. It is a monument unto itself,” said Chuck Aly, Academy of Country Music Vice President and ACM Special Awards Committee Co-Chairman.

Winners in the six 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.