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Alan Jackson receives CMAs lifetime achievement award, thanks wife of 42 years: ‘Lived the American dream’


Alan Jackson was honored with the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award on the 56th Annual Nation Music Affiliation Awards.

The 64-year-old nation music star obtained the award throughout the present on the Bridgestone Area in Nashville, Tenn. on Wednesday evening.

“Nation music has been actual good to me and I fell in love with it once I was a younger man,” Jackson stated as he accepted the award.

Alan Jackson was honored with the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award on the 56th Annual Nation Music Affiliation Awards.
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He continued, “I actually love the devices, the metal guitars and the fiddles and issues like that that gave it such a singular character to me and made it its personal. And I really like the lyrics and the songs and the artists and the melodies and the harmonies.”

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“It is only a actual American music to me.”

The 2-time Grammy Award winner recalled how he grew to become impressed to pursue a profession in nation music after watching a film in regards to the lifetime of Hank Williams.  Jackson stated he got here to Nashville “with nothing,” including, “Carrie [Underwood] is speaking about three chords and the reality and mine was like three chords and prayer. And God answered that prayer, a bit bit.”

The “It is 5 O’Clock Someplace” hitmaker went on to thank his spouse Denise saying, “We began out as youngsters and he or she’s been on this curler coaster journey with me for 40 one thing years now.”

“I am in all probability not at all times the simplest individual to like, however she’s hung in there and helped me by arduous instances and we share nice instances. The nice and the unhealthy, the completely happy and the unhappy. We have survived quite a bit. And I simply need to thank her as a result of she’s held me up all these years and he or she’s my finest pal.”

“I’ve undoubtedly lived the American dream,” he stated. “And I am nonetheless residing that honky tonk dream.”

Forward of the award presentation, Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Jon Pardi, and Lainey Wilson paid tribute to Jackson.

Ahead of the award presentation, Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Jon Pardi, and Lainey Wilson paid tribute to Jackson.

Forward of the award presentation, Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Jon Pardi, and Lainey Wilson paid tribute to Jackson.
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Alan Jackson and his wife Denise Jackson in 2017.

Alan Jackson and his spouse Denise Jackson in 2017.
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Underwood sang a couple of bars of his track “Keep in mind When” earlier than telling the viewers that the primary live performance she ever attended was considered one of Jackson’s reveals. “Seeing him carry out helped encourage me to pursue my goals,” she stated.

“It has been stated that nation music is three chords and the reality, and in each considered one of Alan Jackson’s songs, there may be reality,” Underwood continued. “For his highly effective voice speaks to us about hope and heartache, about enjoyable and friendship, about tragedy and triumph, about life and a bit about love.”

Bentley, Pardi and Wilson carried out a medley of Jackson’s hit songs together with “Chattahoochee”, “Drive (For Daddy Gene)” and “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow” earlier than Jackson took the stage to provide a rousing efficiency of “Do not Rock the Jukebox.”

Instituted in 2012, the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award acknowledges artists who’ve gained the very best diploma of recognition in nation music and have positively impacted and contributed to the expansion of the style. 

Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Johnny Money, Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson, Charley Satisfaction and Loretta Lynn have beforehand obtained the consideration.

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Jackson challenged the nation music style’s pop leanings within the ’90s whereas promoting hundreds of thousands of albums and scoring dozens of hits. The Georgia-born star has been named CMA entertainer of the yr thrice and has been inducted into the Songwriters Corridor of Fame. In 2017, he was inducted into the Nation Music Corridor of Fame.

Jackson revealed final yr that he had Charcot-Marie-Tooth, a degenerative nerve situation that impacts his motor abilities. Final month, he introduced that he was suspending the ultimate two dates of his Final Name tour till 2023 after struggling a well being setback. 

On the crimson carpet, Bentley advised Fox Information Digital that he was thrilled to be honoring Jackson, including that he was an enormous fan of the artist.  

“This is likely one of the prime Corridor of Fame members of all time in my thoughts, as a songwriter, as a singer, as a consultant, an envoy of nation music internationally. He’s nation and he is the definition of it. So I am actually honored to be a part of this collaboration tonight.”

Nation music singer Jessie James Decker advised Fox Information Digital that she and Jackson had been each from Newnan, Ga. and went to the identical highschool. She recalled that she sang the nationwide anthem when the city named a freeway after Jackson. 

“After which right here we’re honoring him tonight,” she stated. “You realize, it is simply wild how the world works. However such a particular evening to be part of.”

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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