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In a brand new interview with USA Today, Jason Aldean talks about what he thinks of his fellow CMT Artists of the Year honorees Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift, and why they, too, are so deserving of the award. I especially like what he says about Kenny Chesney setting the bar, because for so long, I think people were always talking about how Garth Brooks had set that bar. And as much as I love Brooks, it's nice to see another entertainer being acknowledged. Here's what Aldean told the newspaper:
"Kenny, to me, has set the bar for everyone else. He's the guy we all want our careers to be patterned after."
"To see Lady Antebellum go from our opening act to just exploding like they have has been fun to watch. I'm really excited for them and proud of them."
"Brad has taken over that Vince Gill (role), where he's not only a talented entertainer/musician, he's also this personality. He's hosting the CMA Awards show, which Vince did for a long time. It probably ain't something that I could pull off, so having somebody that can is pretty cool."
"Taylor has gone out and brought a whole new fan base to our world. All these teenage girls that might not have listened to country before, she has brought them all into our genre. Nobody else is really doing that."