Country stars are waiting anxiously for the winners of Sunday’s ACM Awards to be announced, but Alan Jackson has already picked up an off camera award. He was named the recipient of the ACM’s Jim Reeves International Award, which is given to an individual for outstanding contributions to the acceptance of country music throughout the world. Off-camera ACM Award winners will be honored at the 6th Annual ACM Honors event on September 24 in Nashville.
Alan spent much of 2011 playing shows abroad. In August, he traveled to Sweden and Norway, brought back to the countries by popular demand after a string of shows in 2009 and in March, he toured Australia for the first time. This April, he will take his show to Canada to play for arenas as well as a summer concert at the Craven Country Jamboree in Saskatchewan. When he’s playing outside of the U.S., he makes an effort to adjust his set list to what they might like best.
“I’ve never adjusted too much anywhere, but, you know, like I play in Canada a lot and it’s not that far away and I always try to figure out if what they hear on the radio – the hits – are any different,” he said. “If there’s a different song I don’t normally do that’s a big hit somewhere else, with 50-some hits, it’s hard to fit ’em all in, so I try to find out what may be their favorites.”
Past recipients of the Jim Reeves International Award include Garth Brooks, Dick Clark, Roy Clark, Merv Griffin, Charlie Nagatani, Buck Owens, Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban, among others. While you won’t see Alan receive his award on this year’s live broadcast of the ACM Awards, tune in on Sunday, April 1 at 8/7 Central on CBS to see who else nabs an ACM Award. And don’t forget to tune in to GAC before the show, as we’ll be bringing you all the stars on the red carpet, LIVE from Las Vegas at 7/6 Central!