Nashville, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Alan Jackson will receive the CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the Country Music Association Awards in November.
The Country Music Hall of Famer joins a select group of award-winning artists including Nelson, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton and Charlie Pride, with hits like “Chattahoochee” and “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere.”
Dierks Bentley, Jon Purdy, Carrie Underwood and Lenny Wilson will be part of an all-star tribute to Jackson during the CMA Awards on Nov. 9, airing on ABC.
The Georgia-born neo-traditionalist challenged the genre’s pop leanings in the ’90s while selling millions of albums and scoring dozens of hits. He has been named CMA Entertainer of the Year three times and has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
The tall and lanky Grammy winner, who turns 64 this year, has been touring, but revealed last year that she had a degenerative nerve condition that affected her balance.
“A three-time CMA Entertainer of the Year, he is responsible for many iconic moments in the history of the CMA Awards,” CMA CEO Sarah Trahern said in a statement Thursday. “Just as Alan was influenced by many country. legends throughout his career, he also inspired a generation of artists to stay true to the authenticity of country music.”
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