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Stapleton receives ACM honor

Monday, September 23, 2019 – Chris Stapleton received ACM Artist-Songwriter of the Decade in a surprise presentation recently in Nashville.

Stapleton joins as the third recipient of the seven all-new ACM Decade Award categories, including most recently announced ACM Songwriter of the Decade Award recipient Rhett Akins and ACM Song of the Decade Award recipients Miranda Lambert, and songwriters Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin, for "The House That Built Me."

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. The factors to be considered are, but are not limited to success at radio, commercial media, sales and streaming, artistic merit and ACM Award recognition.

A Kentucky native, Stapleton moved to Nashville in 2001 to pursue a career as a songwriter. He has penned over 170 album cuts with seven number one songs, including 2017's "Broken Halos." Following his quadruple platinum breakthrough solo debut album "Traveller" (2015), Stapleton released two number one albums in 2017: "From A Room: Volume 1" (certified Platinum) and "From A Room: Volume 2" (certified Gold).

"Had Chris Stapleton not been an artist, his impact on country music as a songwriter would be indelible," said Kelly Rich, ACM Special Awards Committee Co-Chair. "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."

The ACM Decade Awards were ratified by the ACM Board of Directors, following an examination by more than 20 board members and the ACM Special Awards Committee co-chaired by Chuck Aly and Rich.

The award will be presented only every 10 years.

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