With the ACM Awards only a week away, we’ve been taking the opportunity took back at some great ACM moments from years past.
We recently took a look back at Miranda Lambert’s 2019 shade towards Blake Shelton during a performance of “Little Red Wagon,” Travis Tritt and actor Joe Pesci performing together in 1992, and of course, who could forget Alan Jackson’s 1994 protest performance without drumsticks? Talk about epic.
But today, we’re taking it back even farther… back to 1981.
George Jones’ career-defining hit “He Stopped Loving Her Today” took home the ACM Award for Song of the Year and he also won Top Male Vocalist at the 16th Annual ACM Awards.
For the latter, Jim Stafford and Susan Anton presented him with the award, but during his acceptance speech, he hilariously took the opportunity to thank his ex-wife Tammy Wynette and her new husband.
And while that might sound like a dig, it sounds like a sincere, light-hearted, humorous thank you to his ex-wife for inspiring one of his greatest hits.
Of course, George had battled alcoholism and drug abuse which ultimately led to his divorce from Tammy in 1975. Tammy married songwriter George Richey in 1978.
He also accepted the award for Song of the Year, but that speech wasn’t nearly as eventful.
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