Longtime country music standout Alan Jackson is to be inducted into the the Country Music Hall of Fame this year along with Jerry Reed and “The Gambler” songwriter Don Schlitz. The Country Music Association made the big announcement Wednesday morning during an event at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The trio will be officially inducted during an invitation-only Medallion Ceremony at CMA Theater in October.
Watch the entire announcement ceremony below! (Catch Alan’s statements at the 35:00 mark.)
“My whole career has just been a fairytale, all the stuff that’s happened to me,” Jackson said about the honor. “I came to Nashville with nothing and ignorant about the music business and had no experience and then to go through all of this, this is the ultimate piece of the puzzle. I don’t even know how to describe it.”
The 58-year-old Newnan, Georgia native is best known for his beloved hits “Chattahoochee,” “Remember When” and “Don’t Rock the Jukebox.” He has also charted over 30 No.1 singles and sold over 80 million albums globally during his storied career. Fans can currently catch the prolific country legend on his Honky Tonk Highway Tour.
Enjoy the official “Remember When” music video below!
When asked about what he had always hoped to accomplish, Jackson humbly stated “I never say the Country Music Hall of Fame because I just felt like that was kind of pretentious, you know, to think that I deserve to be in there,” he shared with media outlets gathered in the iconic Hall of Fame Rotunda. “I never say that. But now I can say this is about the last dream on the list right here.”
We’re thrilled for Alan Jackson and for him to achieve his big dream. He deserves every accolade. Just think about how many current country music artists Jackson has influenced over the course of his career, which kicked off back in 1983.
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