ACM Spotlight Series: Top Male Vocalist of the Year

ATC’s Spotlight Series is taking a look back at Top Male Vocalist of the Year. In the past decade, the ACM’s have awarded some of country music’s biggest stars. This award, like the Top Female Vocalist award, recognizes both commercial and artistic merit of some of the best male artists. As usual, we’ll be looking back at the past decade’s winners and nominees, starting with this year’s nominees.

2009

Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
Darius Rucker
George Strait
Keith Urban

Four of the five nominees are repeats for the fifth year in a row while Darius Rucker enjoys his first nomination in this category. Brad Paisley has already made ACM history by being the only artist to win three consecutive times, but he’s looking to extend that run to four in a row. With little competition from the other nominees, I think it’s a foregone conclusion that Paisley will have four in a row. Also, this is Kenny Chesney’s tenth straight nomination in this category, something that only Merle Haggard has done.

2008
Kenny Chesney
Toby Keith
Brad Paisley
George Strait
Keith Urban
Once again, Chesney, Paisley, Strait and Urban compete against each other for the fourth year in a row. Once again, Brad Paisley takes home the award and becomes the first artist to win this award three years in a row.

2007

Rodney Atkins

Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
George Strait
Keith Urban

This year, the fifth spot went to Rodney Atkins who had an incredible year with three straight number one hits. However, after continuing his amazing run of number one singles, Brad Paisley further cements himself as one of country music’s finest artists by picking up his second Top Male Vocalist trophy.
2006
Kenny Chesney
Toby Keith
Brad Paisley
George Strait
Keith Urban
Going into the 2007 awards show, Keith Urban was enjoying a run of two straight Top Male Vocalist wins and was looking for a record third in a row. However, in his third nomination, Brad Paisley finally broke through for his first, and much deserved, Top Male Vocalist of the Year trophy.
2005
Dierks Bentley
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
George Strait
Keith Urban
Dierks Bentley was the recipient of the fifth slot in the 2005 nominations after the success of his Long Trip Alone album. However, for the second straight year, Keith Urban picked up the award.
2004
Kenny Chesney
Alan Jackson
Toby Keith
Tim McGraw
Keith Urban
In just his second nomination, Keith Urban beat out favorites Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw to win his first Top Male Vocalist of the Year trophy. In a bit of a surprise, Brad Paisley wasn’t included in the lineup, though he took home two other awards that night.
2003
Kenny Chesney
Alan Jackson
Toby Keith
Tim McGraw
Keith Urban
Newcomer Keith Urban joined this elusive group of men for the first time in his career. The previous year, Kenny Chesney picked up his first win in this category by upsetting favorite Toby Keith. However, Keith got his revenge by winning this year and also winning his second Entertainer of the Year trophy.
2002
Kenny Chesney
Alan Jackson
Toby Keith
Tim McGraw
George Strait
In his third nomination, Kenny Chesney finally broke through to win his first Top Male Vocalist trophy and his first ACM award since his 1997 win for Top New Male Vocalist. That same night Chesney took home the award for Single Record of the Year for his hit “The Good Stuff.”

2001

Kenny Chesney
Alan Jackson
Toby Keith
Tim McGraw
Travis Tritt

The 2002 ACM ceremony was all about Alan Jackson. Not only did Jackson win his third Top Male Vocalist award, but he also took home both the Single Record and Song of the Year awards for his stunning hit, “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning).”
2000
Kenny Chesney
Toby Keith
Tim McGraw
Brad Paisley
George Strait
Both Kenny Chesney and Brad Paisley enjoyed their first Top Male Vocalist of the Year nominations back in 2000. But it was Toby Keith who picked up his first ACM award in just his second nomination in this category. He would later go on to win one more and receive seven more nominations in this category.
1999
Alan Jackson
Toby Keith
Tim McGraw
Colin Raye
George Strait
For the second straight year, country superstar Tim McGraw picked up the Top Male Vocalist of the Year trophy. This was also the first year Toby Keith received a nomination in this category and this year would also serve as Collin Raye’s final ACM nomination.
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