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Every ACM Awards Entertainer of the Year Winner Ever [PICTURES]

In 1971, the Academy of Country Music Awards honored Merle Haggard with the first-ever Entertainer of the Year award. Since then, the coveted trophy has been bestowed on some of country music’s best and brightest.

Over the years, the ACMs have been particularly good to acts such as Alabama, who earned the Entertainer of the Year title five years in a row (1982-1986), and, more recently, Kenny Chesney, who took home the title four times in four years (from 2005 through 2008). Taylor Swift earned two Entertainer of the Year honors before she went pop, and Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire and Loretta Lynn all have one EOTY title to their name … although the case could certainly be made for more!

George Strait won his first Entertainer of the Year honor 1990 and his second a full 24 years later, in 2014. And then there’s Garth Brooks, the artist with the most EOTY wins; he’s taken home the title six times, including one year that he couldn’t make it in person because his daughter was born the very same day!

Click through the photo gallery above to learn more about every artist who has ever been crowed ACM Entertainer of the Year.

Who will take home the title of Entertainer of the Year at the 2017 ACM Awards? Will Jason Aldean walk away with the honor for his second year, or will he be unseated by two-time winner Luke Bryan? Will Carrie Underwood‘s huge Storyteller Tour and recent CMA win for Female Vocalist of the Year earn her the big trophy, or will it be a first-time winner like Florida Georgia Line or Keith Urban?

The 2017 ACM Awards are set to take place in Las Vegas, Nev., on April 2, and air live on CBS beginning at 8PM ET. For the first time ever, the show will take place at T-Mobile Arena; Bryan and Dierks Bentley will return as co-hosts.

The Boot will be staying up late covering the most buzzed-about winners, fashion and moments at the 2017 ACM Awards. Readers can watch along with us by checking back to TheBoot.com for the latest ACMs headlines, liking The Boot on Facebook and following The Boot on Twitter.

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