Alan Jackson receives CMAs lifetime achievement award, thanks wife of 42 years

At Wednesday's CMA Awards, Alan Jackson was presented with the association's Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award, following an all-star tribute performance by Dierks Bentley, Jon Pardi, Carrie Underwood and Lainey Wilson.

Underwood opened the tribute with a rendition of Jackson's 2003 hit ballad "Remember When."

"The very first concert I ever went to was an Alan Jackson concert," Underwood said on stage. "Seeing him perform helped inspire me to pursue my dreams.

It's been said that country music is three chords and the truth. And in every one of Alan Jackson songs, there is truth, for his powerful voice speaks to us about hope and heartache, about fun and friendship, about tragedy and triumph.

About life, and a little about love. Alan, you have friends in every corner of this great country, and a special few of them are here tonight to honor you."

CMA Awards 2022:A list of winners That cued Dierks Bentley to begin one of Jackson's signature good time tunes, 1993's "Chattahoochee." Pardi and Wilson followed with "Drive (For Daddy Gene)" and "Chasin' That Neon Rainbow," respectively.

Finally, Jackson himself took the stage to join them on "Don't Rock the Jukebox," as the crowd immediately rose to its feet. "Country music's been really good to me," Jackson said on stage after the performance. "I fell in love with it when I was a young man."