The Country Music Association has revealed that country music superstar Alan Jackson will be awarded the 2022 CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award.
Jackson will accept the honor during the 56th Annual CMA Awards, broadcasting live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 9 on ABC. Dierks Bentley, Jon Pardi, Carrie Underwood and Lainey Wilson will take the CMA Awards stage for an all-star tribute to the Country Music Hall of Fame member.
The CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award goes to an iconic artist who has achieved both national and international prominence and stature through concert performances, humanitarian efforts, philanthropy, streaming numbers, record sales and public representation at the highest level. The artist receiving this award has positively impacted and contributed to the growth of the genre throughout a course of years that have proven to have an unprecedented historical impact on fans and industry alike.
Throughout his impressive career, Jackson has released more than 20 albums and collections, nine of which went multi-Platinum with 2 million or more in sales. He has charted 35 No. 1 hits, sold nearly 60 million albums and is among the genre’s most decorated figures with more than 150 awards, including three CMA Entertainer of the Year Awards and two Grammy Awards.
Jackson has also gained membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Grand Ole Opry, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. He was given the first ASCAP Heritage Award in 2014, recognizing him as the most performed country singer-songwriter of the last 100 years.
“We are thrilled to honor Alan Jackson this year with the CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award,” says Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “A three-time CMA Entertainer of the Year, he is responsible for so many iconic moments in CMA Awards history. Just as Alan has been influenced by many country legends throughout his career, he too has inspired a generation of artists to stay true to the authenticity of country music. We are so excited to bring Dierks, Jon, Carrie and Lainey together on the CMA Awards stage for what will surely be an incredible and touching tribute to an artist they each deeply admire. Having had the great fortune of working with Alan over the years, I am delighted we are honoring him with this milestone award next month.”
Previous recipients of the 2022 CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award include Nelson (2012), Kenny Rogers (2013), Johnny Cash (2015), Dolly Parton (2016), Kris Kristofferson (2019), Charley Pride (2020), and Loretta Lynn (2021).
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