Although his blazing new single may be titled “Burnin’ It Down,” Jason Aldean is now feeling the burn in a different way. No, he hasn’t been doing too many squats, but is instead feeling just a wee bit burned by the CMA voters.
Despite sold out shows, #1 singles and one of the most anticipated albums of 2014, Aldean was snubbed this year, failing to garner a nomination for Entertainer of the Year (after receiving three consecutive nominations) or Male Vocalist at the 48th Annual CMA Awards. Due to his apparent snub, fans were up in arms, apparently including his biggest fan, his father, who took to Facebook to express his displeasure.
Although Aldean has yet to comment on his father’s post, he is opening up about the snub. Speaking to Rolling Stone Country, Aldean admitted his frustration. “Obviously it’s disappointing. We’re still out there selling out shows. With maybe the exception of Luke [Bryan], I don’t think there is anybody else out there that is doing the kind of touring numbers that we’re doing. It’s frustrating, man,” he says. “But at the same time, I don’t know how…what do you do? Things like that are out of your hands.”
“I’m not going to jump up and down and pitch a fit,” Aldean says, still expressing his displeasure to Rolling Stone Country. “It does suck a little bit when awards season comes around and you feel like you’re, as far as artists go, you’re up there at the cream of the crop, and to get overlooked like that is upsetting,” he says. “But at the same time, you know, I wasn’t the only one.”
Rather than wallow in his CMA burn, Aldean is looking ahead to the October 7th release of his sixth studio album, Old Boots, New Dirt. “It is what it is. You can bitch and complain about it, or you just go and keep doing things the way you always did.”
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