Alan Jackson humbly accepted the inaugural CMT Impact Award on Wednesday night (June 4) at the 2014 CMT Music Awards in Nashville. Jackson smiled from the audience during a musical tribute by singers Kacey Musgraves and Lee Ann Womack, as well as kind words from presenter Carrie Underwood.
In her opening remarks, Underwood told fans, “For a quarter-century, the country music great CMT honors tonight has been rockin’ the jukebox at honky-tonks everywhere with amazing country songs and 55 videos, like … ‘Chattahoochee,’ ‘Gone Country’ and ‘Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning).’ ”
Underwood also sang the melody as she read the song titles, eliciting cheers from the crowd.
“This artist has inspired so many of us,” she noted. “As a matter of fact, his was the very first concert I ever attended, and it had a huge impact.”
She then introduced Musgraves and Womack, who delivered a sincere duet version of the 1994 No. 1 hit, “Livin’ On Love.” Afterward, Underwood invited Jackson to come to the stage to say a few words.
“Thank you all, thank you so much. You all are very sweet. I appreciate it. That song never sounded better, y’all. What great singers. I was so proud to have them,” he said.
“Of course, I have to thank CMT. They’ve been behind me for so many years,” he added. “It’s always been about the music to me, but they’ve helped bring my music to people through the videos all these years. I’ve had nothing but great comments from the fans for all these years about the videos and how much they’ve meant to them.”
After acknowledging all of his video directors and his wife Denise, the singer reminisced about driving the monster truck Bigfoot in the “Who’s Cheating Who” video as well as dancing with his wife in “Remember When.”
“I’ve done a little of everything in these videos,” he concluded. “Mainly, the fans — thank y’all so much. You all blessed me. It’s been a crazy ride that’s never ended. Thank you so much. I’ve been so blessed.”