Jason Aldean is receiving a huge honor at April's Academy of Country Music Awards. The Academy has named Aldean its Artist of the Decade, as revealed in a YouTube announcement that you can watch by playing the video above. Fans can see him accept the award in person by getting tickets to the ACM Awards here at AXS.
There's no doubt that he's worthy of the extra recognition. Aldean has won the top ACM Award for Entertainer of the Year three times, including at last year's ceremony. In announcing the honor, the Academy's press release also noted that he's had every one of his records certified by the Recording Industry Association of America, which means they've all sold at least a half-million units. The press release further states that he's the RIAA's best-selling male country artist of all time in digital sales and has sold more than 10 million tickets on his various headlining tours.
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"This is probably one of the coolest awards I’ve ever been given," Aldean said in the release. "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."
Aldean's latest record, Rearview Town, was released last April and not only went to number one on Billboard's Top Country Albums Chart, but it also topped the overall Billboard 200 albums chart as well. By the end of 2018, eight months later, Rearview Town was still in the Top 30 on the Billboard 200. Commercially, Aldean is one of the biggest movers and shakers in country music and clearly has a crossover appeal as well.
The Artist of the Decade trophy will be Aldean's 14th ACM Award. His first was Top New Male Vocalist back in 2005. He then didn't win for over half a decade, but he's taken home an ACM Award every year since 2011.
The 54th Academy of Country Music Awards takes place April 7 from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Tickets to the ACM Awards ceremony, as well as other ACM Awards events including the official after party, are on sale now through AXS.
For more on Jason Aldean, including tickets to his upcoming concerts, visit his artist page at AXS.