On This Date: Alan Jackson Sets CMA Awards Record With 10 Nominations In 2002

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Artists dream of one major award nomination in their entire career.

But for Alan Jackson, he racked up enough nominations to last him a lifetime in 2002 alone.

On this date in 2002, Alan Jackson broke the record for his number of Country Music Association Award nominations with a whopping 10 nominations, including Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year.

Prior to this date, Merle Haggard held the record for most CMA nominations in one year, with nine in 1970. Jackson slid in to claim the new record, receiving just one more than Haggard.

The 36th annual awards that year were one for Jackson to remember. Not only with his astounding number of nominations, but he was also a co-host of the awards show that evening and went home with five of the esteemed awards.

Jackson finished the night taking home the following awards: Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Single of the Year, and Song of the Year. I mean, it doesn’t get more dominant than that, right?

While each award is extremely exciting to receive as an artist, the prestigious Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year awards hold much weight in the country music community.

Of course, this all was following his hit “Where Were You (When The World Stop Turning),” which was released in November of 2001, just a couple months after the tragic events of the September 11th attacks. The song was included on his Drive studio album which also featured the incredible title track, as well as hits like “Work In Progress,” and “That’d Be Alright.”

Since this date, no one has topped Jacksons’ CMA nomination number, and to be honest, it doesn’t seem like anyone is poised to break it anytime soon.

Check out his acceptance speech for Top Male Vocalist:

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