Alan Jackson; Photo Courtesy of CMT
Alan Jackson; Photo Courtesy of CMT

Alan Jackson Is “Very Proud” To Be Named CMT Artist Of A Lifetime

Country music icon Alan Jackson will soon be honored as the Artist Of A Lifetime at the upcoming CMT Artists Of The Year ceremony.

The prestigious honor, presented by Ram Trucks, will be awarded to Jackson during the 90-minute special, which will premiere on Friday, October 14 (9:00pm ET /8:00pm CT).

“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,” Jackson shared. “I’m very proud.”

“We’re honored to recognize the incomparable Alan Jackson as this year’s CMT Artist of a Lifetime. For more than 30 years, his traditional sound, iconic voice and beloved catalog of music has captivated audiences across the globe and his talent as a recording artist and songwriter are simply unmatched,” CMT Producers shared of Jackson. 

Other artists who have received the Artists of a Lifetime honor include Randy Travis (2021), Reba McEntire (2019), Loretta Lynn (2018), Shania Twain (2016), Kenny Rogers (2015) and Merle Haggard (2014).

In addition to Jackson being honored as Artist Of A Lifetime, Carly Pearce, Kane Brown, Cody Johnson, Luke Combs and Walker Hayes will also be honored at the event as CMT Artists Of The Year.

Jackson’s history with CMT runs deep. The country superstar has created and released nearly 60 iconic music video, beginning with his debut single, two of which were honored as the CMA Video of the Year (“Chattahoochee” and “Midnight in Montgomery”), another recognized as the ACM Video of the Year (“Drive (For Daddy Gene)”). 

He was honored as a “CMT Giant” in 2008 and he received the inaugural Impact Award at the 2014 CMT Music Awards. Jackson has also ranked Number 1 on both CMT’s 40 Greatest Songs of the Decade and CMT’s fan-voted 20 Greatest Men in Country Music lists.

The Artist of a Lifetime honor is just the latest event in a year that’s already proven memorable for the entertainer.

The 2022 CMT Artists Of The Year special will air on Friday, October 14 at 9/8c via CMT.

Jackson is currently in the midst of his Last Call: One More For The Road Tour. The trek, which is presented by Jackson’s own Silverbelly Whiskey, kicked off on Friday, June 24 at Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi.

The tour marks Jackson’s first major tour since revealing he was diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disorder in the fall of 2021.

“I’ve always admired my heroes like George Jones, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn and Charley Pride who just played as much as they wanted to, as long as they could,” Jackson previously shared. “I’ve always thought I’d like to do that, and I’d like to as long as my health will allow,” he notes, adding with a smile, “I’ll try to do as much as I can, but if I’m comin’ your way, come see me…”

The Last Call: One More for the Road Tour included 30 dates and will wrap up on October 8 in Pittsburgh, PA at PPG Paints Arena. The tour included stops in several cities that the three-time CMA Entertainer of the Year hasn’t visited in years.

The country icon is donating $1 for every ticket sold to the CMT Research Foundation. In addition, $1 will be matched by a generous group of CMTRF donors and board members.

Jackson also recently announced his new Silverbelly Whiskey, which gets its namesake from the country icon’s signature cowboy hat (while many believe the hat is white, it’s actually a color called Silverbelly) and is a new premium spirit distilled exclusively for – and hand-selected by – Jackson himself.

Tickets for all shows are available at alanjackson.com/last-call-tour.

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