Jason Aldean already has a location in mind for the second Entertainer of the Year award he won on Sunday night at the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards.
“They’re like bookends,” the 40-year-old country crooner said of his two statues while chatting backstage with ET’s Nancy O’Dell. “One’s on one end, this one’s gonna go on the other end.”
Still reeling from the win, Aldean said it’s “crazy” that he was honored as Entertainer of the Year for a second year in a row. “I was just backstage talking to Tim McGraw. He came up and congratulated me, and he goes, ‘You know what, man? Congrats. I never won this one.’ I was like, ‘You gotta be kidding me!” he exclaimed. “‘You never won Entertainer of the Year at the ACMs?’ He goes, ‘Nope, I never did.'”
“That kind of puts it in perspective for me,” Aldean added. “I was so excited to win it last year, just to get it once. This was such an important thing to me, just personally. We got it last year, and I was like, ‘If we never get it again, we got it once, and I’m extremely proud of that.’ But to get it back-to-back years …I’m at a loss for words.”
The “This Plane Don’t Go There” singer was clearly “a little emotional” about his big win. “My live shows, and doing what we do on the road for the fans, that to me is what I built my career on,” he said. “You can win things, you can win awards here and there. But, to me, Entertainer of the Year is an award that’s based on touring and the fans. To me, that’s what it’s all about.”
Aldean also praised the guys in his band and the crew that’s been on tour with him. “They’re the ones that make sure it happens every night. They’re there with me,” he gushed. “It’s kind of a group award. All the years of us being on the road, and eating hot dogs and truck stop burritos …it was for this. It’s just a really cool feeling.”
In an interview with ET earlier this year, Aldean opened up about his relationship with Brittany Kerr, revealing that the two are thinking about having kids soon. “She’s a lot younger than I am, so I gotta make this happen quick,” he said of his 28-year-old wife. “I don’t want to be the old dad! It’s something we definitely want, at least one kid and possibly two, we’ll see. It’s something we’ve talked about a lot. Hopefully in the next couple years.”