Alan Jackson was honored with Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the 56th Annual Country Music Association.
The 64-year-old country music star took home the award during a show at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, on Wednesday night.
Accepting the award, Jackson said, “Country music has been great to me, and I fell in love with it when I was young.”
He continued, “I really love instruments, steel guitars, violins and things like that that gave her such a unique personality and made her own. And I love songs, songs, artists, melodies, melodies. Harmonies.”
“It’s just real American music to me.”
twice Grammy Award The winner remembers how he became inspired to pursue a career in country music after watching a movie about the life of Hank Williams. Jackson said he came to Nashville “with nothing,” adding, “Carrie” [Underwood] Talking about three strings and the truth I had like three strings and a prayer. And God answered that little prayer.”
The hit maker of “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” went on to thank his wife Denise, saying, “We started out as teenagers and she’s been on this rollercoaster ride with me for 40 years now.”
“Maybe I’m not always the easiest person to love, but she just hangs there and helps me through the hard times and we share the great times. The good and the bad, the happy and the sad. They’ve survived so much. And I just want to thank her for holding me all these years and she’s my best friend.”
“I definitely lived the American dream,” he said. “And I’m still living that honky-tonk dream.”
Prior to presenting the award, Carrie Underwood, Dirks Bentley, John Pardy, and Laney Wilson paid tribute to Jackson.
Underwood sang a few pieces of his song “Remember When” before telling the audience that the first concert he ever attended was one of Jackson’s shows. “Seeing him play a role helped inspire me to pursue my dreams,” she said.
“It has been said that country music is three chords and truth, and in every Alan Jackson song, there is truth,” Underwood continued. Because his powerful voice speaks to us of hope and heartache, of pleasure and friendship, of tragedy and triumph, of life and a little about love.
Bentley, Bardi and Wilson performed a variety of Jackson hit songs including “Chattahoochee”, “Drive (for Jane the Father)” and “Chassin with a Neon Rainbow” before Jackson took to the stage for a thrilling performance of “Don’t Rock the Box” Music “.
Created in 2012, the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award honors the highest-grossing artists in country music who have positively impacted and contributed to the growth of the genre.
Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Johnny Cash, Dolly PartonAnd Kris Kristofferson, Charlie Pride and Loretta Lynn have received this honor before.
Jackson challenged pop tendencies to the country music genre in the 1990s while selling millions of albums and hitting dozens of hits. The Georgia-born star has been named CMA Entertainment of the Year three times and has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2017, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Jackson revealed last year that he had Charcot-Marie-Tooth, a degenerative neurological condition that affects his motor skills. And he had announced last month, that the last two dates of the Last Call tour would be postponed until 2023 after suffering a health setback.
On the red carpet, Bentley told Fox News Digital that he was happy to honor Jackson, adding that he is a huge fan of the artist.
“This is one of the best Hall of Fame members in my mind, as a songwriter, singer, actor, and ambassador for country music around the world. It’s a country and it’s its definition. So I’m really honored to be a part of this collaboration tonight.”
country music singer Jesse James Decker She told Fox News Digital that she and Jackson were from Newnan, Ga. And they went to the same high school. She remembered that she sang the national anthem when the city named the highway after Jackson.
“Then here we are, honoring him tonight,” she said. “You know, how the world works in such a wild way. But this is a special night to be a part of.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.