Jason Aldean gets real about what it means to win ACM Awards Getty Images/Rick Diamond
Getty Images/Rick Diamond

We love a lot of things about Jason Aldean. He’s an amazing entertainer delivering balls-to-the-wall live shows, his records continue to evolve his art and, personally, he’s just funny as heck, especially with wife, Brittany. But one of the things that we love and admire the most is his incredible honest and integrity.

We’re all familiar with entertainers of all kinds in every genre who say, “It’s just an honor to be nominated.” While Jason Aldean is no exception, he has also said that he definitely wanted to win, too. And last year, he did. Big time! He took home the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year win.

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As coveted as that category is and as thrilled as Jason is with the victory, he keeps it in perspective. Backstage at rehearsals for the ACM Awards, Jason told Rare Country, “We all want to win the awards. They’re all special to us. We grew up watching these shows on TV and watching our heroes up there accepting these awards, it was this larger-than-life thing, and we all want to be doing that. Whenever we get a nomination or an award, it’s a huge deal. But I don’t think it defines who you are as an artist or defines your career when it’s all said and done.”

For Jason, his Entertainer of the Year win last year was a goal that put him in the company of some of his musical heroes. He explains, “I saw Alabama win this thing I don’t know how many times and I was just like, that’s the biggest thing ever and Entertainer of the Year, once you get that, you have arrived. So, it was a personal thing for me and to win it last year and become part of that club was really cool and something that I’m really proud of.”

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In addition to being nominated for Entertainer of the Year again this year, Jason is also up for Male Vocalist of the Year. Find out who wins Sunday, April 2, when the ACM Awards broadcast live from Las Vegas at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development in the past. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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