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

HAIL TO THE KING

The crowd went wild when George Strait was announced as the winner of the Entertainer of the Year award at the 2014 show. "Wow," said Strait, who accepted congrats from Taylor Swift and his wife, Norma, on his way to the stage. "This is so amazing."