Aldean on the ‘crazy ride’ cul­mi­nat­ing at ACM Awards

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Ja­son Aldean ad­mits it had been a “crazy ride” lead­ing up to his “emo­tional” Amer­i­can Coun­try Mu­sic (ACM) Awards speech. The ‘Big Green Trac­tor’ hit­maker won En­ter­tainer of the Year for the third year in a row at the an­nual cer­e­mony at MGM Grand Gar­den Arena in Las Ve­gas on Sun­day (15.04.18), where he used his time on stage to open up about the “rough year” which saw him per­form at the Route 91 Har­vest Fes­ti­val in Sin City last year, when a gun­man opened fire on the crowd, killing 58 and leav­ing over 500 peo­ple in­jured. He told ‘En­ter­tain­ment Tonight’: “What a way to come back to Ve­gas. “It’s un­real ... Just be­ing back here, it’s been an emo­tional thing for us the whole week­end. To end it like that, that’s crazy. “Peo­ple reached out to us a lot over the last six months, and it’s meant the world to us. “It’s just been a crazy ride, and when you win some­thing like that, you feel the love of peo­ple in the in­dus­try. It makes you feel good, it’s spe­cial.” The 41year-old mu­si­cian - who at­tended the bash with his wife Brittany Kerr Aldean joined fel­low coun­try stars Mi­randa Lam­bert, Luke Bryan, Maren Mor­ris and Thomas Rhett on stage to per­form a trib­ute to the vic­tims. How­ever, it was not an easy task as bring­ing up the hor­rific mas­sacre and plan­ning the trib­ute has been “tough” for Ja­son, though it has made him ap­pre­ci­ate life more. He said: “We’ve talked about [the trib­ute] so much over the last six months, but it’s not some­thing I en­joy talk­ing about, re­ally. “It’s tough when­ever it gets brought up, it’s still tough. “I’m 40 years old, but some­times it takes us guys a while to grow up. “Some­thing like that hap­pens and it sort of makes you look at a lot of things dif­fer­ent and re­al­ize how short life is, and it makes you get your act to­gether a lit­tle bit. It def­i­nitely did that for me.” In his ac­cep­tance speech, Ja­son said: “It’s been a rough year and I just want to say thank you to ev­ery­body that reached out to us and showed us love and sup­port over the last six months. “It meant the world to us. To my Route 91 peo­ple, you guys are in my hearts, al­ways. I love you guys and we love Las Ve­gas. Ve­gas strong, baby.” Sev­eral at­ten­dees sported gold pins dis­play­ing the num­bers 851, 58 and 1, in mem­ory to those who lost their lives, those who were in­jured and are be­ing helped fol­low­ing the tragedy.

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