CMAs 2022: Fans 'teary-eyed' as Alan Jackson gets Lifetime Achievement Award after all-star tribute performance
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE: Alan Jackson accepted the 2022 CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the CMA Awards on Wednesday, November 9, 2022, following an all-star tribute performance by Dierks Bentley, Jon Pardi, Carrie Underwood, and Lainey Wilson. While accepting the award, Jackson, 64, said, "I've definitely lived the American dream. And I'm still living that honky-tonk dream, y'all."
The veteran singer-songwriter, who has received 15 awards from the Country Music Association in the 30 years of his music industry journey, appeared in a sequined black shirt with an acoustic guitar in hand. According to People, he said, "As my mama would say, I'm so blessed. I've had a great team around me my whole career that have helped me, great songwriters. I've been so fortunate to have all that to help me get this far. I can't thank everybody who's been in my life all these years, but I do have to say thanks to my wife Denise, over there somewhere. We started out as teenagers... I'm probably not always the easiest person to love, but she's been there and helped me through hard times. And we've shared great times. The good, the bad, the happy, and the sad, we've survived a lot. I just want to thank her because she's held me up all these years and she's my best friend. And she gave me a wonderful family over there."
Before the speech, Underwood opened the tribute with Jackson's 2003 'Remember When' and said, "The very first concert I ever went to was an Alan Jackson concert. Seeing him perform helped inspire me to pursue my dreams. It's been said that country music is three chords and the truth. And in every one of Alan Jackson songs, there is truth, for his powerful voice speaks to us about hope and heartache, about fun and friendship, about tragedy and triumph. About life, and a little about love. Alan, you have friends in every corner of this great country, and a special few of them are here tonight to honor you," according to The Tennessean.
The tribute and the speech also left fans teary-eyed. One wrote, "Almost cried watching Alan Jackson give his lifetime achievement award acceptance speech tonight. He’s truly one of the best ever." One fan said, "Not me tearing up during Alan Jackson’s speech." Another described, "If you didn't get teary eyed and smile ear to ear for Alan Jackson then you ain't country."
Almost cried watching Alan Jackson give his lifetime achievement award acceptance speech tonight. He’s truly one of the best ever. #CMAawards— Jacob Beals (@OttoMoBeals) November 10, 2022
If you didn't get teary eyed and smile ear to ear for Alan Jackson then you ain't country. #CMAawards— Yoder (@DYodesz) November 10, 2022
Many fans continued to applaud Jackson as one tweeted, "Alan Jackson is the soundtrack to the childhood of every person in that room! Congrats to a true living legend!"
On the other hand, an individual pointed out, "Anyone else watch the country music awards and feel worried about Alan Jackson during his acceptance speech? All that mouth breathing at rest. Uffdah. Hope he is on his way to a cardiologist."
Another wrote, "Alan Jackson doesn’t look like he’s in very good health ! True country music is going to be gone before we know it!"
Alan Jackson is the soundtrack to the childhood of every person in that room! Congrats to a true living legend! #CMAawards2022— Brian Fleming (@bflem50) November 10, 2022
Anyone else watch the country music awards and feel worried about Alan Jackson during his acceptance speech? All that mouth breathing at rest. Uffdah. Hope he is on his way to a cardiologist.— Jane Haines (@BlueBird22Who) November 10, 2022
Alan Jackson doesn’t look like he’s in very good health 😔! True country music is going to be gone before we know it!— DP (Dustyn) (@UODiehard86) November 10, 2022
As previously reported, Jackson has been suffering a 'no cure' degenerative neurological condition called Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. In an interview in September 2021, Jackson said, "I have this neuropathy and neurological disease." He added, "It's genetic that I inherited from my daddy ... There's no cure for it, but it's been affecting me for years. And it's getting more and more obvious. And I know I'm stumbling around on stage. And now I'm having a little trouble balancing, even in front of the microphone, and so I just feel very uncomfortable. It's not going to kill me. It's not deadly. But it's related [to] muscular dystrophy and Parkinson's disease."
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