Alan Jackson Added To 2021 ACM Honors Performance Lineup

by Matthew Memrick
(Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for Universal Music Group Nashville)

Alan Jackson and Brittney Spencer are now in this week’s 2021 ACM Honors performance lineup. 

The show is set for Wednesday, Aug. 25, at the historic Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville.

According to Taste of Country, presenter Trace Adkins and Ronnie Dunn were also added to the performance lineup.

Jackson steps in while Jamey Johnson and Toby Keith bowed out of the event. 

Jackson had to cancel his Big Machine Music City Grand Prix appearance earlier this month due to concert obligations. The Oak Ridge Boys filled in for the post-IndyCar race event on Aug. 8.

Several stars such as Keith, Loretta Lynn, and Dan + Shay will be honored for notable achievements. Also, ACM will present 2020 and 2021 studio recording awards and 2020 industry awards at the event. 

The Circle Network will live-stream the event on its Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages. The network also plans to show special footage from the event in a Nov. 23 broadcast. 

Alan Jackson Wrote a Song For Daughters’ Wedding

In early August, the 62-year-old Jackson shared a story about his new song, “You’ll Always Be My Baby.” He wrote the song for his three daughters (Mattie, Alexandra, and Dani) and their weddings

The song is on his current album, “Where Have You Gone.” The album, released in May, was his first in six years.

Taste Of Country reported that Jackson said the demo song touched his girls, but the singer recalls it affected his son-in-law more. Ben Selecman was the former husband of Jackson’s oldest daughter, Mattie. Selecman, 28, died unexpectedly from a traumatic brain injury in 2018 in a West Palm Beach, Fla. fall.

The two men shared a moment when Jackson scrambled to play the rough demo track. They played it on a car’s CD player, and Jackson said, “I remember him looking emotional about it and saying that was just perfect or something to that effect.”

Jackson said the experience turned out to be a pleasant memory. In a house with three girls and his wife, Jackson felt a close bond with Selecman.

After the death, Jackson said he put the album aside to deal with his feelings.

Jackson Talks About His New Album

The performer told HitsDailyDouble that his new album is “a little harder country than what I’ve done,” but it’s something that he’s “always dreamed about doing.”

In fact, the star said he teared up what listening to it while driving. 

“I was surprised to get so overly emotional,” Jackson said. “It’s not really like me, yet there I was.”

The album is a mix of “real” country songs and a few drinking songs.

“Real country songs are life and love and heartache. They’re drinking, singing about Mama and having a good time, sad things, fun things.”