Rhett Akins Wins Inaugural ACM Songwriter of the Decade Award

The Academy of Country Music announce the addition of seven new ACM Decade Awards: Song of the Decade, Album of the Decade, Artist-Songwriter of the Decade, Breakout Artist of the Decade, Single of the Decade, Songwriter of the Decade and Music Event of the Decade.

The ACM Songwriter of the Decade has been awarded to Rhett Akins.

The ACM Songwriter of the Decade Award recognizes a songwriter whose creative works have impacted country music over the decade, including body of work at radio, commercial media, sales and streaming, creative integrity, artistic merit and ACM Award recognition.

Rhett won the ACM Songwriter of the Year Award in 2017 and was nominated in the same category in 2011 and 2013. Additionally, Rhett received his first-ever ACM nomination in 1997 for ACM Top New Male Vocalist category. Rhett has written 30 No.1 singles, including “Boys ’Round Here” (Blake Shelton), “Hey Girl” (Billy Currington), “Dirt on My Boots” (Jon Pardi), “Life Changes” (Thomas Rhett), “Mind Reader” (Dustin Lynch), “Don’t Get Me Started” (Rhett Akins) and more.

Previously announce, the ACM Song of the Decade was awarded to Miranda Lambert and songwriters Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin for “The House That Built Me.” The tune earned Miranda her first No. 1 single in 2010. In addition, Jason Aldean was named ACM Artist of the Decade in April.

The remaining Decade Awards will be announced in the coming weeks.

photo by O’Connor, AFF-USA.com

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