Kenny Chesney to Receive Third-Ever Pinnacle Award at 50th Annual CMA Awards

Kenny Chesney to Receive Third-Ever Pinnacle Award at 50th Annual CMA Awards

Kenny Chesney will follow in the hallowed footsteps of Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift when he is presented with the third-ever Pinnacle Award at the 50th annual CMA Awards on Nov. 2.

Created and awarded to Garth in 2005 and then Taylor in 2013, the Pinnacle Award recognizes an artist who has achieved global prominence through concert performances and record sales at levels unique in country music. The artist has also attained the highest degree of recognition within the broad expanse of music worldwide. The artist’s talent and presence will have a long-term positive impact on the appreciation of country music for generations to come.

“When you do what you do, you never think it’s a big deal,” said Kenny. “But when an organization like CMA recognizes you in this fashion, it makes you step back. To receive this award—especially during their 50th anniversary—is such an honor, because they’re recognizing half a century of country music.”

Kenny has 43 career CMA Awards nominations and eight wins, including four for Entertainer of the Year.

The 50th annual CMA Awards will be hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

photo by Allister Ann/EB Media

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Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter talk about “Thinking ‘Bout You”

Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter talk about “Thinking ‘Bout You”

Dustin Lynch recalls the exact moment during the writing of “Thinking ‘Bout You” when they thought it could work as a collaboration, “We realized, after we got to the chorus, wait a second, this is the duet moment we’ve been looking for. We can have the girl on the other end of the line, and her come in on the second verse, and now it’s a conversation. And I do think that’s why it’s so approachable and people relate to it and those phone calls can be life changing sometimes.”

As the song is knocking on the door to the number-one spot on the country music airplay chart, MacKenzie Porter shares that she and Dustin haven’t had a lot of opportunities to perform the hit song together, “The crazy part is like, we’ve actually probably sang it separately, more than we’ve sang it together, because our touring schedules are different. So then when we do get to do it together, it’s like oh yeah this is how, this is how it’s supposed to go, I’m not supposed to sing Dustin’s first verse, which I do in my own show. It just feels so natural.”

Photo Courtesy of Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter