Alan Jackson to Receive Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award

photo: David McClister

Alan Jackson is being honored as the 2022 recipient of the Country Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. One of the top honors in country music, the Lifetime Achievement Award was established in 2012 with Willie Nelson as the inaugural recipient. Alan Jackson will be on hand at the 56th Annual CMA Awards on November 9th to accept the award.

Jon Pardi, Lainey Wilson, Dierks Bentley, and Carrie Underwood will perform in tribute to Alan Jackson as part of the presentation, and hopefully, Alan Jackson will too. He will become only the eighth country artist to receive the award. Along with Willie Nelson, other recipients include Kenny Rogers (2013), Johnny Cash (2015), Dolly Parton (2016), Kris Kristofferson (2019), Charley Pride (2020), and Loretta Lynn (2021).

With three CMA Entertainer of the Year awards, 35 #1 hits, and over 60 million albums sold including 9 multi-Platinum albums, Alan Jackson makes for a worthy recipient of the award. Jackson has received over 150 individual awards in his career, including being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2017.

Alan Jackson confirmed in September of 2021 that he’s suffering from the neurological disorder Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, also known as CMT. It primarily affects the peripheral nervous system causing balance issues by compromising smaller muscles in the body’s extremities. It’s not life threatening, nor does it affect longevity. But it has affected Jackson’s ability to stand and move around. Alan Jackson headed out on his “Last Call Tour” earlier this summer, but has had to cancel numerous dates, including at CMA Fest in June.

Alan Jackson won’t be the only country legend to be toasted at the 2022 CMA Awards on November 9th. The presentation will open with a tribute to Loretta Lynn, who passed away on October 4th. No word as of yet about who will participate in the tribute.

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