“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, per CMT. “I’m very proud.”
Jackson has tallied dozens of No. 1 hits and nearly 60 music videos throughout his career, including fan-favorite songs like “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow,” “Chattahoochee,” and “Don’t Rock The Jukebox.” His three-decade career in country music is set to be celebrated during the event next month.
“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.”
Carly Pearce, Cody Johnson, Kane Brown, Luke Combs and Walker Hayes were previously named as honorees for the 2022 CMT Artists of the Year. The ceremony is set to take place at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Tennessee. It’s happening on Friday, October 14.
CMT will announce additional performers, presenters and honorees in the coming weeks, according to the announcement on Thursday (September 20).