Three-time CMA Entertainer of the Year Alan Jackson was honored with a tribute performance by Dierks Bentley, Carrie Underwood, Jon Pardi, and Lainey Wilson ahead of receiving the CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2022 CMA Awards.
Carrie Underwood performed a brief, but tender rendition of Jackson’s “Remember When” before introducing the segment.
“The very first concert I ever went to was an Alan Jackson concert,” said Underwood, who went on to talk about Jackson’s influence on her and the country music industry as a whole.
Dierks Bentley joined the stage to perform the classic 90s hit “Chattahoochee” with a full band. Jon Pardi continued the medley with “Drive (For Daddy Gene),” inspiring Miranda Lambert and Luke Combs to sing along in the audience.
Newly crowned CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Lainey Wilson closed out the tribute by performing a rousing version of “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow.”
Honoree Alan Jackson then took the stage to a standing ovation and performed “Don’t Rock the Jukebox,” with fellow artists Keith Urban and Luke Combs spotted singing along in the crowd.
Underwood, Bentley, Pardi, and Wilson joined Jackson at the end of the song before he was officially presented the CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award.
Jackson has released more than 20 albums and collections—including forays into gospel and bluegrass—nine of which went multi-Platinum with 2 million or more in sales. Those albums have led to one of Country Music’s most decorated careers with three CMA Entertainer of the Year Awards (1995, 2002, 2003); two Grammy Awards; and membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Grand Ole Opry, the esteemed Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Jackson was given the first ASCAP Heritage Award (2014) by the performance rights organization, recognizing him as the most performed Country Music songwriter-artist of the last 100 years. Jackson has charted 35 No. 1 hits, sold nearly 60 million albums, and is among the genre’s most decorated and respected figures, with more than 150 awards.
The 56th Annual CMA Awards featured performances from Luke Combs, Morgan Wallen, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Cole Swindell, Cody Johnson, and Carly Pearce.
The show opened with an all-star tribute to the late Loretta Lynn from Underwood, Reba McEntire and Lambert.
Additionally, the show included star-studded collaborations from Kelsea Ballerini, Kelly Clarkson and Carly Pearce, HARDY and Lainey Wilson, Elle King with The Black Keys, Brothers featuring The War and Treaty, Thomas Rhett and Katy Perry, Chris Stapleton with Patty Loveless, Zac Brown Band, Jimmie Allen and Marcus King as well as Ashley McBryde with Pillbox Patti, Brandy Clark, Caylee Hammack and John Osborne.
Mookie Betts, BRELAND, Jessica Chastain, Jordan Davis, Sarah Drew, Cole Hauser, Tyler Hubbard, Wynonna Judd, Lady A, Rex Linn, Little Big Town, Parker McCollum, Reba McEntire, Ben and Erin Napier, Jeannie Seely, Michael Shannon, and Lainey Wilson were on hand to present during the ceremony.
Co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning, the 2022 CMA Awards broadcasted live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and aired on ABC (8:00-11:00 PM/ET).
The CMA Awards will also be available for viewing on Hulu beginning Thursday, Nov. 10.
The 56th Annual CMA Awards was a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton served as the Executive Producer, Alan Carter as the Director, and Jon Macks as the Head Writer.