The Moment Mac Davis Won ACM’s Entertainer Of The Year Award In 1974

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Country music lost one of its greatest figures when Mac Davis left this world on September 29 at the age of 78. He was a singer, songwriter, and actor known for penning hits for Elvis such as “In the Ghetto” and “Don’t Cry Daddy.”

Davis also had popular songs of his own, including the #1 tune “Baby, Don’t Get Hooked on Me,” which was released in 1972.

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Two years later, Davis’ star was so bright he was given the Academy of Country Music’s top honor at its annual awards ceremony. He was named the Entertainer of the Year for 1974.

After Davis’ passing, the ACM shared his acceptance speech from when he received their most coveted trophy. “Here is the legendary singer and songwriter at the 1974 ACM Awards Show, when he took home the Entertainer Of The Year award,” the ACM captioned the video.

The video shows an ecstatic Davis making his way on stage after hearing his name read as the winner of the award.I almost swallowed my chewing gum,” he admitted as he clutched the trophy in his hand and began to speak.

Davis had nothing prepared to say, so he spoke briefly. He said that oftentimes when people watch awards shows they wonder “how come he got it?” whenever someone wins an award. In relation to his being named the ACM’s Entertainer of the Year, Davis said, “I’m in the same boat with you,” before saying “thank you.”

Look below to relive the moment Davis was named the ACM’s Entertainer of the Year in 1974. He was more than deserving of the award and every accolade he ever received.

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