Aldean will receive the ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award and perform
The Academy of Country Music has announced that three-time reigning Entertainer of the Year and current Entertainer of the Year nominee Jason Aldean will receive the ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award and perform at the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM), Country Music’s Party of the Year. The awards telecast, hosted by Reba McEntire, and honoring country music’s superstars and hottest emerging talent, will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7th at 8pm ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.
This award will be presented to the 13-time ACM Award winner for 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, which include Marty Robbins in 1969, Loretta Lynn in 1979, Alabama in 1988, Garth Brooks in 1998 and George Strait in 2008. This Award was renamed the ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award after Clark passed away in 2012, in recognition of his many years as the ACM Awards producer and early host.
“On behalf of our Special Awards Committee, our Board of Directors and Academy staff, we extend our congratulations to Jason and his entire team on this landmark career achievement,” states Pete Fisher, CEO of the Academy of Country Music. “We look forward to celebrating Jason’s remarkable career at our 54th annual awards in Las Vegas.”
“This is probably one of the coolest awards I’ve ever been given,” Aldean says in a press release. “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.”
The path paved by Aldean’s wide-open sure-footed approach has defined the genre’s 21st century as RIAA’s top digital male country artist of all time. He has ushered in more than four billion digital streams, 18 million albums and 39 million singles. Every release has been certified by the RIAA and he is only the second country act to score four consecutive No. 1 albums on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart. As “he sells out stadiums and continues to bring his singles to the top of the radio charts” (Forbes), Aldean has garnered 22 No. 1 chart toppers most recently including back-to-back hits from his record-breaking album Rearview Town, “Girl Like You” along with the multi-week chart toppers “You Make it Easy” and “Drowns The Whiskey.” The “musically muscular, big-tent entertainer” (The Atlantic) has sold more than ten million headlining tickets and is one of the first of few acts in the genre to sell-out multiple stadiums such as UGA’s Sanford Stadium, Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, AT&T Stadium and Gillette Stadium. Additionally, the past ACM Triple Crown winner has raised more than $6 million dollars for charities across the country specifically Susan G Komen and his hometown of Macon, GA’s Children’s Hospital. The “natural born entertainer who consistently delivers his best” (CMT) will continue the momentum during his 2019 Ride All Night Tour launching May 3rd with back to back nights in Uncasville, CT.
Additional acts and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets for the ceremony are available for purchase now at axs.com. Ultimate ACM Awards VIP Experience and the Ultimate ACM Awards VIP Travel Packages are available from CID Entertainment.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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