Alan Jackson, with over 150 million records sold worldwide, is undoubtedly one of the most influential country music artists. His music style combines traditional honky-tonk and mainstream country pop, and his list of accolades is endless.
Jackson has won two Grammy Awards, 16 CMA Awards, 17 ACM Awards, and has been nominated for multiple other awards.
In recognition of his achievements in the music industry, Alan Jackson was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2001. He was further honored with inductions into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2017 and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018.
On November 10th, the 56th CMA was held, where Jackson was honored with the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. When the country legend walked onto the stage, the audience rose to their feet in recognition. Jackson expressed his gratitude, stating, “Country music has been incredibly wonderful to me.” He also reminisced about his love for the genre as a young man.
The event organizers were a bit concerned that things might not go smoothly, given that Michael Jackson had previously left the ceremony in the middle of Beyonce’s performance, claiming that she was not the right artist for the occasion. However, everything went off without a hitch.
At the time, he had expressed his hopes for the 50th annual gala night and mentioned his desire to have country music played. However, he was aware that the television network was trying to boost its ratings with whatever they believed would accomplish it, such as a big concert featuring a singer.
After Beyonce’s performance, Jackson expressed his wish for a change and said, “I hope we can have a wonderful country music show for a change.”
Jackson’s music career started by playing in local taverns and nightclubs while working as a mechanic. Later, he signed with Nashville’s Arista Records and released his debut album “Here in the Real World” in 1985, and since then, he has made history in the country music industry.
The couple from Georgia, Alan Jackson and his wife Denise, have been married since 1979 and are proud parents to three children.
Recently, Jackson revealed that he is battling Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a group of disorders that affect the nerves and can cause difficulties with movement and balance on stage.
Besides being an iconic figure in country music, Jackson is also an accomplished writer and a thriving entrepreneur with several business ventures.