Earlier this month, Alan Jackson earned that distinction as he accepted the first-ever CMT Impact Award at the CMT Music Awards in recognition of 25 years of exceptional music videos. The country legend also revealed he’ll be the subject of an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum starting in August and will serve as the museum’s 2014 Artist-in-Residence in October.
There’s another anniversary worth mentioning, too. In the fall of 1994, Jackson staked his claim on the country chart with “Livin’ on Love,” a cheerful, three-week No. 1 hit from his quadruple-platinum album, Who I Am. (That project also includes “Summertime Blues,” “Gone Country” and “I Don’t Even Know Your Name,” as well as a satisfying version of Rodney Crowell’s “Song for the Life.”)
Incredibly, the RIAA estimates the Georgia native’s album sales at 43.5 million units, and he promises more new music is on the way. Look for a 25-city gala tour early next year, too.
In the meantime, enjoy Lee Ann Womack and Kacey Musgraves’ rendition of “Livin’ on Love.”