Three-time reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean will receive the ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, airing live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 7th. This award is presented to "an outstanding country music artist or duo/group who has dominated country music over the decade, through success at radio, digital media, sales and streaming, distinguishing events, touring, television appearances, and artistic merit."
He joins only five other honorees that have received the ACM Artist of the Decade Award, including Marty Robbins in 1969, Loretta Lynn in 1979, Alabama in 1988, Garth Brooks in 1998 and George Strait in 2008.
Jason said, "This is probably one of the coolest awards I’ve ever been given. My heroes are on this list, something I can’t really even wrap my head around being part of. But, man, I’m proud to be getting it — it’s for everyone who stuck with us and supported us through the years.”
Jason appreciates the success he’s had and the chance to be able to do everything he’s done in his career so far. He says the real testament to a great artist is, "That their music is still being listened to 20 years down the road." He sees his music as his legacy, and tells us he hopes that happens for him. [“I mean there’s guys that I go back and listen to their albums. I still pull out albums and listen to them as much as I ever did. And I guess that’s what I’m hoping that someday when this is all over for me, some group of kids hanging out at a farm somewhere with a bonfire going, drinking some beer, and crankin’ up the My Kinda Party Record and singing every word.”] SOUNDCUE (:21 OC: and singing every word)
Jason will perform live during the ACM Awards broadcast, where he is nominated once again for Entertainer of the Year.