Saying that Aldean has “dominated country music over the decade,” the Academy cites his commercial success, artistic merit and public profile as the basis for the award. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, Aldean is the top digital male country artist of all time. He has amassed more than four billion digital streams, 18 million albums and 39 million single sales to date.
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Truly honored to be receiving the @acmawards Dick Clark Artist of the Decade award this year. Just wanna thank Country Radio and the Country Music fan base for all the support over the years! It has been a crazy and unbelievable ride to get here and it has changed my life. This is the proudest moment of my professional career and I hope we are just getting started! 🏆 #ACMawards
The sixth artist to receive the honor, Aldean joins a group made entirely of Country Music Hall of Fame members. Previous winners are Marty Robbins (1969), Loretta Lynn (1979), Alabama (1988), Garth Brooks (1998) and George Strait (2008).
“This is probably one of the coolest awards I’ve ever been given,” Aldean says. “My heroes are on this list, something I can’t really even wrap my head around being part of. But, man I’m proud to be getting it – it’s for everyone who stuck with us and supported us through the years.”
The three time reigning Entertainer of the Year will also perform on this year’s show. And on top of that, he’s also up for two awards – including his fourth Entertainer crown.
Hosted by Reba McEntire, this year’s ACM Awards will air live on CBS from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena April 7. Aldean’s Ride All Night Tour with Kane Brown and Carly Pearce begins May 3 with back-to-back shows in Uncasville, CT.