CMT GIANTS; ALAN JACKSON
Taped in Nashville TN OCTOBER 30th, 2008, Premiered December 6th, 2008
CMT honors the extraordinary life and music of the legendary Alan Jackson in this 90-minute special. The tribute features performances by superstars George Strait, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Dierks Bentley, Lee Ann Womack, Miranda Lambert and Martina McBride.
Over the course of his career, Jackson has become one of country music's most respected and honored artists with 16 gold, platinum and multiplatinum albums leading up to the debut at No.1 this past March of Good Time. He has sold more than 50 million albums and has more than 100 major industry awards to his credit. He is a three-time Country Music Association entertainer of the year and the most-nominated artist in CMA history. A prolific songwriter, Jackson penned 23 of his 33 No. 1 singles, including his Grammy-winning best country song, "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)."
A native of small-town Newnan, Ga., Jackson was the first artist signed to the fledgling Arista Nashville record label in 1989. With the release the following year of his debut album, Here in the Real World, his songs immediately connected with fans, leading to four No. 1 singles from that record alone. Since 1991, Jackson has had 21 No. 1 videos on CMT's Top 20 Countdown including classics such as "Don't Rock the Jukebox," "Chattahoochee," "Pop a Top" and "It's Five O'clock Somewhere" with Jimmy Buffett. In 2002, Jackson won the CMT Music Award for video of the year with his hit "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)."
Jackson's most recent collection, Good Time, became the fourth album of his career to debut simultaneously at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums and all-genre Billboard 200 sales charts. The 17-song release has netted two No.1 hits, the title track and "Small Town Southern Man," and also marked a career first for Jackson as the only time he has been the sole writer of all the songs on his album.
GEORGE STRAIT TO HELP HONOR ALAN JACKSON CMT Special Taping In Nashville George Strait will be among several Country Music Stars that will be on hand to honor Alan Jackson during the taping of the special 'CMT GIANTS'. The show will be recorded before a 'Live' sold out audience at the Ryman Auditorim in Nasvhille on October 30th.
George Strait will perform two numbers for the show, including Jackson's signature hit 'Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning'. He will also sing a duet with Jackson on the song 'Country Boy'
The show is expected to premier on CMT on Saturday, December 6th at 8pm Central Time. 2008 Videos from this show are available on CMT.COM