CMT Honors Alan Jackson With "Artist Of A Lifetime" Award
The CMT Artists of the Year ceremony is fast approaching. In addition to 2022's five Artists of the Year, the television network will honor country great Alan Jackson with its Artist of a Lifetime award. Jackson joins Reba McEntire, Loretta Lynn, Randy Travis, and Merle Haggard among others in receiving this coveted honor.
“From his early beginnings in Newnan, Georgia, to selling out the world’s largest stages, Alan has led fans on a musical journey that proved to be a reflection of their own lives," shared a CMT producer. "As his songs continue to inspire new generations of fans, we are privileged to celebrate his lifetime of accomplishments.”
"I believe I’ve made more videos than just about anybody, and I know how important they have been in bringing my songs to life for the fans, so thank you CMT for all the years and for this sweet honor. I'm very proud,” Jackson said.
He sure is right - in this three decade-long music career, he has released almost 60 timeless music videos. Among them, "Chattahoochee" and "Midnight in Montgomery" received CMA's Video of the Year, and "Drive For Daddy Gene" received ACM's Video of the Year. CMT has previously honored him as a Giant in 2008, recognized his numerous accomplishments with the Impact Award in 2014, and included him on their "40 Greatest Songs of the Decade" and "20 Greatest Men in Country Music" rosters.
In his legendary career, Jackson has scored thirty-five #1 hit singles, almost 60 million sales worldwide, and a long list of prestigious accolades. He's been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Songwriters' Hall of Fame, kept his Grand Ole Opry membership for over 30 years, and won CMA's Entertainer of the Year three times. Recently, he released a brand new record, Where Have You Gone, to immense critical acclaim. This project is accompanied by the sold-out Last Call: One More Time For The Road tour.
Perhaps, Jackson is best known for giving the world an excuse to consume alcohol at any odd hour of the day. Even if you're not a country music fan, you've definitely quoted Jackson for this reason - admit it, we've all proclaimed that "it's 5:00 somewhere" and subsequently drank in the morning or early afternoon.
Overall, Jackson deserves a huge celebration for his phenomenal career and countless achievements over the last 30 years. The legend has made huge impacts not just on country, but the entire music scene. CMT is excited to recognize the titan in their Artists of the Year special. The prestigious event will air on October 14th at 9:00 p.m. EST, live from Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony. The ceremony will additionally celebrate the careers of its five Artists of the Year (Carly Pearce, Walker Hayes, Luke Combs, Cody Johnson, and Kane Brown), complete with a star-studded lineup of performances and special guest appearances. We can't wait for what is sure to be a memorable night.