Jason Aldean got emotional while accepting the top award for Entertainer of the Year — for the third consecutive year — at the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sunday.
The 41-year-old country crooner seemed to choke up after he took to the stage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in addition to also thanked his wife, Brittany Kerr Aldean, who also appeared emotional in addition to also buried her face in her hands as he took the stage.
“My wife, I love you, he said, before giving his three children a shout-out. “My three Great luck charms at home … I love you guys.”
“This specific’s been a rough year,” the “You Make This specific Easy” singer reflected. “I just want to say thanks to everybody who reached out to us, of which showed us love in addition to also support over the last six months. This specific meant the globe to us. To my Route 91 people, you guys are in our hearts, always. I love you guys. in addition to also we love Las Vegas. Vegas strong, baby. Thank y’all.”
Aldean was referring to October’s country music festival, just off the Las Vegas strip, where he was inside the middle of performing a headlining set when a deadly shooting occurred.
The massacre left 58 victims dead in addition to also more than 500 people wounded.
Backstage with ET’s Nancy O’Dell, Aldean said of which his experiences inside the six months since the attack made his win even sweeter.
“What a way to come back to Vegas,” he remarked. “This specific’s unreal… Just being back here, This specific’s been an emotional thing for us the whole weekend. To end This specific like of which, of which’s crazy.”
“People reached out to us a lot over the last six months, in addition to also This specific’s meant the globe to us,” he added. “This specific’s just been a crazy ride, in addition to also when you win something like of which, you feel the love of people inside the industry. This specific makes you feel Great, This specific’s special.”
Sunday’s show paid tribute to the victims, with Aldean opening the ceremony with fellow country stars Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Maren Morris in addition to also Thomas Rhett, who dedicated the event to the power of music.
“On This specific night, our country community, the people here in Las Vegas, in addition to also all of you at home, are united through the power of music,” Lambert declared.
Prior to the emotional intro, O’Dell caught up with Aldean on the ACMs red carpet, where he opened up about the ongoing pain of which comes with discussing the horrific event.
“We’ve talked about [the tribute] so much over the last six months, yet This specific’s not something I enjoy talking about, truly,” shared the singer, who released his latest record, Rearview Town, on Friday. “This specific’s tough whenever This specific gets brought up, This specific’s still tough.”
“I’m 40 years old, yet sometimes This specific takes us guys a while to grow up,” he added, reflecting on how the tragedy has changed him. “Something like of which happens in addition to also This specific sorta makes you look at a lot of things different in addition to also realize how short life is actually, in addition to also This specific makes you get your act together a little bit. This specific definitely did of which for me.”
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