The Pinnacle Award recognizes an artist who has achieved global prominence through concert performances and record sales at levels unique in Country Music. The artist has also attained the highest degree of recognition within the broad expanse of music worldwide. The artist’s talent and presence will have a long-term positive impact on the appreciation of Country Music for generations to come.
“I can’t think of a better occasion than the 50th Anniversary of the CMA Awards to present an award of this magnitude to an artist of this caliber,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “Kenny’s outstanding career and the millions of fans he has touched through his enormously popular stadium shows epitomize the definition of the Pinnacle Award.”
“When you do what you do, you never think it’s a big deal,” Chesney said with humility. “But when an organization like CMA recognizes you in this fashion, it makes you step back. To receive this award – especially during their 50th Anniversary – is such an honor, because they’re recognizing half a century of Country Music.”
The Pinnacle Award was created in 2005 when it was presented to Garth Brooks. The only other recipient is Taylor Swift (2013).
Chesney has 43 career CMA Awards nominations and eight wins including four for Entertainer of the Year (2004, 2006-2008), Album of the Year for When the Sun Goes Down (2004), Music Video of the Year for “You and Tequila” (2011), and two for Musical Event of the Year for “Find Out Who Your Friends Are” (2007) and “Feel Like A Rock Star” (2012).
“To me, songs are the root of everything,” Chesney said. “The records, the radio, the live shows – and how you touch your fans. When I look out at the fans from the stage at Gillette or MetLife Stadium, or a little bar in some college town, I see faces that not only know what I’m singing about, but are living it. With that kind of motivation, it makes me always push.”
Deemed “The King of the Road” by the Wall Street Journal and “The People’s Superstar” by the Los Angeles Times, Chesney is an artist whose passion drives him and his ability to distill life makes him an artist whose music connects in a very singular way. For information, visit KennyChesney.com.
“The 50th Annual CMA Awards” will be hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 2 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on ABC.
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