At the very first ACM Awards in 1966, Bonnie Owens and Buck Owens were crowned as the Top Female Vocalist and Top Male Vocalist of the year, respectively. Every since, country music fans and artists alike have wondered who will be next.

Over the ACM Awards' 50-plus years, a wide array of artists -- from Reba McEntire and Miranda Lambert to George Strait and Luke Bryan -- have been crowned the top country women and men of the year. Throughout ACM history, these trophies have been known as Top Female / Male Vocalist, Female / Male Vocalist of the Year and, now, Female / Male Artist of the Year.

At the 2022 ACM Awards, Chris StapletonJimmie AllenLuke Combs, Thomas Rhett and Morgan Wallen are all duking it out in the Male Artist of the Year category, while Gabby BarrettMiranda LambertAshley McBrydeMaren Morris and Carly Pearce are vying to take home the Female Artist of the Year trophy. Flip through photo gallery below to see the names of every ACM Awards Male and Female Artist of the Year Winner ... ever!

The 2022 ACM Awards will take place on Monday (March 7) at 8 PM ET. The show will stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. Dolly Parton will co-host the event with Gabby Barrett and Jimmie Allen.

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