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Millions of country fans watched Jason Aldean accept the entertainer of the year trophy at last April’s ACM Awards, but you won’t see him repeat that victory at this November’s other big country show, the CMA Awards. Jason was one of several country superstars, including Blake Shelton and Kenny Chesney, who didn’t hear their names called when the CMA nominees were announced on Aug. 31.

Huh? Jason is just as confused as you are.

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He says, “I’ve learned not to assume anything at this point.”


Jason goes on to say he is disappointed in being shut out of this year’s CMA Awards, but he doesn’t know what else he could have done to earn a nod. He’s still selling out arenas and stadiums and racking up No. 1 hits just like he’s done for the past several years.

“There’s nothing I can go do that’s gonna magically get us nominated this year or the next year,” Jason explains. “At this point, I feel like I’ve gone out and done everything I can do and put ourselves in a position to be there. People either vote for you or they don’t.”

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Since 2011, Jason has earned three entertainer of the year nominations, but he’s never taken home the trophy. Make no mistake, Jason Aldean wants to win that award someday, and he’s pretty hard on himself when it comes to competing for it, too.

He says, “Here’s my thing. If we can’t get enough votes to be nominated, we sure aren’t gonna get enough votes to win. So what’s the point? You know what I mean? Honestly. I’m not a ‘It’s good to be here’ guy. I’m just competitive. I want to win. If I can barely squeak in just enough votes for a nomination, I’d just as soon if we don’t get enough votes to win, I’d as soon not be there anyway.”

Since it’s the 50th anniversary of the CMA Awards, we have to think Jason will be there in some way for the show on Nov. 2. After all, Jason has two CMA trophies on his mantle, including a 2011 album of the year award for “My Kinda Party” and musical event of the year with “Don’t You Wanna Stay.”

Jason Aldean shares the cold hard truth about his CMA Awards snub Getty Images/Mike Coppola
Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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