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Alan Jackson receives CMAs lifetime achievement award, thanks wife of 42 years: ‘Lived the American dream’

Alan Jackson was awarded Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the 56th Annual Country Music Association Awards.

The 64-year-old country music star received the award during a show Wednesday night at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

Accepting the award, Jackson said, “Country music has been really good for me and I fell in love with it when I was young.”

Alan Jackson was honored with the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the 56th Annual Country Music Association Awards.

Alan Jackson was honored with the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the 56th Annual Country Music Association Awards.
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He continued, “I really love the instruments, the steel guitar and the fiddles and things like that that gave it such a unique character to me and made it my own. And I love the songs and the lyrics and the artists and the melodies and the harmonies.”

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“It’s just a real American musical to me.”

twice Grammy Award Winner recalled how he was inspired to pursue a career in country music after watching a film about the life of Hank Williams. Jackson said he came to Nashville “with nothing”, adding “Carrie”. [Underwood] Talking of three ragas and Satya and mine was like three ragas and prayer. And God gave a little answer to that prayer.”

“We started out as teenagers and she’s been on this roller coaster ride with me for the past 40 years,” the “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” hitmaker thanked his wife, Denise.

“I’m probably not always the easiest person to love, but he just hangs in there and helps me through tough times and we share great times. The good and the bad, the happy and the sad. We’ve survived a lot. And I just want to thank her because she has held me there for so many years and she is my best friend.”

“I’ve definitely lived the American dream,” he said. “And I’m still living that tonk dream.”

Prior to the award presentation, Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, John Pardy and Laney Wilson paid tribute to Jackson.

Prior to the award presentation, Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, John Pardy and Laney Wilson paid tribute to Jackson.

Prior to the award presentation, Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, John Pardy and Laney Wilson paid tribute to Jackson.
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Alan Jackson and his wife Denise Jackson in 2017.

Alan Jackson and his wife Denise Jackson in 2017.
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Underwood sang a few times of his song “Remember When” before telling the audience that the first concert was one of Jackson’s shows. “Watching him perform helped inspire me to pursue my dreams,” she said.

“It has been said that country music is three melody and truth, and there is truth in every single Alan Jackson song,” Underwood continued. “His powerful voice tells us about hope and heartache, about fun and friendship, about tragedy and triumph, about life and about love.”

Before Jackson took the stage, Bentley, Pardy and Wilson performed a medley of Jackson’s hits, including “Chattahoochee”, “Drive (For Daddy Jean)” and “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow”. Jukebox.”

Established in 2012, the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes artists who have achieved the highest level of recognition in country music and have made a positive impact on and contributed to the development of the genre.

Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Johnny Cash, dolly partonKris Kristofferson, Charlie Pride and Loretta Lynn have received this honor in the past.

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Jackson challenged the pop leanings of the country music genre in the ’90s, while selling millions of albums and achieving dozens of hits. The Georgia-born star has been named CMA Entertainer 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 nerve condition that affects his motor skills. Last month, he announced that he was postponing the last two dates of his Last Call tour to 2023 after he suffered a health setback.

On the red carpet, Bentley told Fox News Digital that he was thrilled to honor Jackson, adding that he was a huge fan of the artist.

“It’s one of the top Hall of Fame members I’ve ever come across as a songwriter, as a singer, as a representative, as an ambassador of country music around the world. That’s country.” And that’s the definition of it. So I’m really honored to be a part of this collaboration tonight.”

country music singer Jesse James Decker told Fox News Digital that she and Jackson were both from Newnan, Ga., and went to the same high school. She recalled that she sang the national anthem when the city was named after Jackson.

“And then here we are, honoring them tonight,” she said. “You know, it’s just wild how the world works. But to be a part of such a special night.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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