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CMA to Honor Alan Jackson With Lifetime Achievement Award

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CMA to Honor Alan Jackson With Lifetime Achievement Award

By Movieguide® Contributor

The Country Music Association has just announced they will be honoring Alan Jackson with this year’s Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Country stars like Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Jon Pardi, and Lainey Wilson will all be part of the tribute performance for Jackson.  

“We are thrilled to honor Alan Jackson this year with the CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Sarah Trahern, the Country Music Association’s CEO, in a statement. 

“A three-time CMA Entertainer of the Year, he is responsible for so many iconic moments in CMA Awards history,” she continued. “Just as Alan has been influenced by many country legends throughout his career, he too has inspired a generation of artists to stay true to the authenticity of country music.”

Trahme continued, “We are so excited to bring Dierks, Jon, Carrie and Lainey together on the CMA Awards stage for what will surely be an incredible and touching tribute to an artist they each deeply admire. Having had the great fortune of working with Alan over the years, I am delighted we are honoring him with this milestone award next month.”

This is not the only big award Jackson picked up this year. CMT gave the country star the Artist of a Lifetime Award earlier this month. 

Movieguide® previously reported on Jackson’s 2021 album, Where Have You Gone:

Country music icon Alan Jackson took a six-year break from releasing music after the loss of both his mother, Ruth Musick Jackson, in 2017, and his son-in-law Ben Selecman in 2018.

The award-winning artist often focuses on traditional themes like country, faith and family in his music but said that the back-to-back losses and the pandemic made it challenging to release new music.

“When you’re the daddy and you kind of feel like you’re the head man, and you’ve got your wife and your daughters and everybody, you really hurt more for them going through it. It just took a long time for me to feel good again, to feel like I actually wanted to sit down and try to write something,” Jackson told Yahoo Music.

“Well, when my mother died, I wrote that song on the album for her and for her funeral, and I went in the studio to do a little demo of it. I ended up cutting a couple of other tracks for when we thought we’d be going in the studio later that year,” Jackson added. “And then that’s when my first daughter, who had gotten married a year before…her husband died actually right before their first anniversary. That kind of put a halt on everything for a while, and so those tracks kind of lay there for two or three years till we got back in the studio.

But in 2021, Jackson announced his new album, “Where Have You Gone.”

“By the time I got ready to get in the studio last spring, the coronavirus really shut everything down again,” Jackson said, adding that he told his producer, “Man, we’re going to make a Country album. I don’t have to worry about radio anymore; they probably won’t play me anyway. I’m just going to make what I like — and what I know my fans like.”

“And we went in there and I brought these old pickers back that played on most of my records, and they played some of the coolest tracks that we’ve played in 30 years. When Keith sent me those first two or three cuts that were kind of half-done, it just about made me tear up,” Jackson continued.

In one of the new songs, Jackson’s late mother is featured reading from the Bible.

“We had already finished the album pretty much last fall, and around Christmastime one of my sisters sent this recording to us that they had found, I guess from a few years ago when Mom was still doing pretty good. They had her read the Christmas story from the Bible and some other things, just to have a recording of her, and they sent that for Christmas,” Jackson said. “And I said, ‘Man, that’s so cool.’ So, we tried to pull out a line that wasn’t so Christmassy in there that would work. I was just so happy to get that. And I just think it makes the song.”