Jason Aldean‘s Night Train tour has finally rolled to a halt after a record-breaking year.
“I’ve had a great year, man” said the 2013 CMT Artists of the Year honoree. “We’ve been all over the country this year.”
The superstar hit the ground running early this year with the kickoff of his cross-country trek that included several historical stops for the avid sports fan. In addition to two sold-out shows at Boston’s Fenway Park, he also sold out a performance at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.
What’s more, the superstar later performed at the University of Georgia’s Sanford Stadium in Athens for a one-of-a-kind- homecoming performance, spawning his highly-anticipated Night Train to Georgia concert DVD.
“It’s hard to beat our show in Georgia simply for the fact that I grew up there,” the singer recently told CMT Hot 20 Countdown . “It’s my home state. It was fun for me to go back home and play a show of that size in front of my friends, in front of my family and in a place like Sanford Stadium.
“Anybody from Georgia [knows] that place is like sacred ground. So to not only play the show there but to be the first artist ever to hold a concert in that stadium, to me, that’s a huge honor. To me it would be hard to top that night. All those shows to me are going be things that I’m going to remember from now on.”
What’s more, Aldean added another unforgettable night to his list in June as he co-hosted the 2013 CMT Music Awards alongside actress Kristen Bell. It was also a winning night for the singer who walked away with a coveted video of the year buckle for his collaborative effort with Luke Bryan and Eric Church for “The Only Way I Know.”
And as the year winds to a close, there’s still cause for celebration as the singer most recently nabbed multiple CMA nods as well as being honored on the upcoming CMT Artists of the Year special.
“It’s a big deal,” he said. “I mean, I think CMT’s a huge part of what helps us reach our audience in the country music world. It helps fans to kind of put a face with the music and the name and things like that. … So to get recognized for that by CMT as one of the top five artists of the year, that’s a big honor for all of us.”
Along with Aldean, this year’s four other honorees include Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes and Tim McGraw. For the first time, the CMT Artists of the Year special will premiere live on CMT and CMT.com. The show airs Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. ET.