The Academy of Country Music announced their ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade award is Jason Aldean.
This prestigious award honours an artist who has had a tremendous impact in country music over a ten-year period, and was renamed after Dick Clark after he died in 2012 to recognised his contributions to the ACM Awards.
Only five artists have received this award, Marty Robbins (1960s), Loretta Lynn (1970s), Alabama (1980s) Garth Brooks (1990s) and George Strait (2000s).
Aldean was blown away by the magnitude of this award.
"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.”
Managers, labels and artists were allowed to submit the names of potential nominees for the first time in 2019, and Aldean was selected by a special awards committee.
"On behalf of our special awards committee, our board of directors and Academy staff, we extend our congratulations to Jason and his entire team on this landmark career achievement," Academy of Country Music CEO Pete Fisher says. "We look forward to celebrating Jason’s remarkable career at our 54th annual awards in Las Vegas."