‘American Country Countdown Awards’ To Honor Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney. Photo: Jill Trunnell

Kenny Chesney. Photo: Jill Trunnell

Country superstar Kenny Chesney is set to receive the American Country Countdown Awards’ Groundbreaker Award during the two-hour live telecast (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX, Monday, Dec. 15, from Nashville’s Music City Center.

The award will recognize artists who push the boundaries of what is possible within the definitions of today’s country music, honoring those trailblazing concerts, musical accomplishment, creative innovation and connecting with fans across the United States.

“The Groundbreaker Award recognizes how Kenny has revolutionized the live music experience for Country fans,” said Executive Producer Mark Bracco. “He is a true groundbreaker, moving country music into new directions with his pioneering, record-breaking tours that have propelled him into one of the very biggest live performing artists in America. Kenny is the perfect recipient for our very first show.”

“Given what the ‘American Country Countdown’ radio show has meant to the music over the past 40 years, it’s humbling to be singled out like this,” Chesney responded. “For me, this music has always been about the fans – how we see them, what we give them and the way country moves them.”

As the 21st century’s biggest country music ticket-seller, Chesney has sold more than a million tickets to each of his 11 headlining tours since 2002 with over 30 million albums sold.

The American Country Countdown Awards is produced by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro (CEO, dick clark productions), Mike Mahan (President, dick clark productions), John Dickey (Executive Vice President of Content and Programming, Cumulus), Richard Godfrey (MTV Europe Music Awards) and Tom Forrest (CMT Crossroads) are executive producers. Baz Halpin is co-executive producer.

Jason Aldean, Eric ChurchCarrie Underwood and Brett Eldredge have recently been enlisted as performers alongside previously announced Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and hosting duo Florida Georgia Line.

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