Throwback Pics: Behind the Scenes at the Academy of Country Music Awards

A new book, This Is Country, offers an exclusive peek at 50 years of the show's most memorable moments

AN AMERICAN KID

Kathy Mattea and Charley Pride presented a baby-faced Kenny Chesney with his very first ACM award – for top new male vocalist – in 1998 while his thrilled mom Karen (right) looked on. "This is Mama's first trip to Hollywood and she got to meet Bubba from In The Heat of the Night," he quipped.