Alan Jackson is the latest recipient of the Joe Talbot Award, the Country Music Association announced on Tuesday (Jan. 21).
The superstar was surprised with the honor Friday (Jan. 17) while performing on the Opry at the Ryman. According to the CMA, the Joe Talbot Award “recognizes outstanding leadership and contributions to the preservation and advancement of country Music’s values and traditions.”
“Alan Jackson has always stayed true to his roots,” CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern shared in a statement. “That’s why fans love him and it’s how he’s made such a considerable impact on our genre.”
Previous recipients of the award include Merle Haggard, George Jones and Marty Stuart.