2019 ACM Awards: Jason Aldean to receive Artist of the Decade Award

March 6, 2019

Jason Aldean at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on September 21, 2018. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

CBS and the Academy of Country Music® announced today that three-time “Entertainer of the Year” winner and current nominee Jason Aldean will receive the ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award and perform at the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music’s Party of the Year®, honoring country music’s superstars and hottest emerging talent. As previously announced, iconic entertainer and 16-time ACM Award® winner Reba McEntire returns to host live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Sunday, April 7 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.

This award will be presented to Jason Aldean, the 13-time ACM Award® winner, for being 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 who 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 2018, in recognition of his many years as the ACM Awards producer and early host.

“This is probably one of the coolest awards I’ve ever been given,” said Aldean. “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.”

“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,” said 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.”

With his wide-open, sure-footed approach, Jason Aldean has defined the genre’s 21st century as RIAA’s top digital male country artist of all time. Aldean has had more than 4 billion digital streams, 18 million albums and 39 million singles. Every one of his album releases has been certified by the RIAA, and he is only the second country act in history to score four consecutive #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 #1 chart toppers, most recently including back-to-back hits from his record-breaking album Rearview Town, including “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 10 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 for charities across the country, specifically Susan G. Komen and his hometown of Macon, Ga. 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 3 with back-to-back nights in Uncasville, Connecticut. For more information and for a full list of upcoming tour dates, visit www.jasonaldean.com.

Additional acts and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets for the ceremony are available for purchase now at www.axs.com. For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events including ACM Party for a Cause, visit ACMcountry.com. Ultimate ACM Awards® VIP Experience and the Ultimate ACM Awards VIP Travel Packages are available from CID Entertainment. You can also like Academy of Country Music on Facebook or follow on Twitter and Instagram for more immediate updates.

About the Academy of Country Music Awards

The 54th Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The show is produced for television by Dick Clark Productions and will broadcast live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7, at 8:00 PM, ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. R.A. Clark, Reba McEntire, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers. Pete Fisher is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

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