Alan Jackson is about to add another impressive accolade to his credit. CMT revealed today that the network will honor Jackson as “Artist of a Lifetime” during its 2022 “CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR” celebration that will premier 9p/8c Friday, October 14, on CMT.
“I believe I’ve made more videos than just about anybody, and I know how important they have been in bringing my songs to life for the fans, so thank you, CMT, for all the years and for this sweet honor,” Jackson said in a statement. “I’m very proud.”
Jackson’s peers will celebrate his three-decade career in country music during the event. The Newnan, Georgia, native is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and is a Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee. Throughout his career, Jackson has notched 35 No. 1 hits and nearly 60 million sales worldwide, with songs including “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow,” “Chattahoochee,” and “Don’t Rock The Jukebox.”
In addition, he has released nearly 60 music videos, including CMA Video of the Year clips “Chattahoochee” and “Midnight in Montgomery” and ACM Video of the Year “Drive (For Daddy Gene).” He was honored as a “CMT Giant” in 2008 and received the inaugural Impact Award at the 2014 “CMT MUSIC AWARDS.”
Previous CMT Artist of a Lifetime winners include honorees Randy Travis (2021), Reba McEntire (2019), Loretta Lynn (2018), Shania Twain (2016), Kenny Rogers (2015) and Merle Haggard (2014).
“We’re honored to recognize the incomparable Alan Jackson as this year’s CMT ‘Artist of a Lifetime.’ For more than thirty years, his traditional sound, iconic voice and beloved catalog of music has captivated audiences across the globe, and his talent as a recording artist and songwriter are simply unmatched,” said CMT Producers in a statement. “From his early beginnings in Newnan, Georgia, to selling out the world’s largest stages, Alan has led fans on a musical journey that proved to be a reflection of their own lives. As his songs continue to inspire new generations of fans, we are privileged to celebrate his lifetime of accomplishments.”
Filmed at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the 2022 “CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR” event will also honor Carly Pearce, Cody Johnson, Kane Brown, Luke Combs and Walker Hayes. There will be unique tribute performances, special guests and congratulatory moments.
Additional performers, presenters and honorees will be announced in the coming weeks.