Alabama Honored With CMA’s Pinnacle Award
Following their Nissan Stadium set, country group Alabama was honored with the Country Music Association’s Pinnacle Award. The honor recognizes an artist or group who has “undeniably redefined the pinnacle of success in the genre by achieving prominence through concert performances, consumption numbers, record sales and/or other significant industry achievements at levels unique for Country Music.”
Only three other artists have been previously awarded the accolade: Garth Brooks (2005), Taylor Swift (2013) and Kenny Chesney (2016). Alabama was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005, and is the first and only band to win the CMA’s entertainer of the year honor three consecutive times (from 1982-1984).
As the crowd roared its approval of their new accolade, Alabama lead singer Randy Owen, standing next to his bandmate Teddy Gentry, thanked the crowd and paid tribute to another essential part of Alabama’s story–their late bandmate and cousin Jeff Cook.
“On behalf of our late cousin, Mr. Jeff Cook, who we recently lost, on behalf of me and Teddy, the whole Alabama gang, thank y’all for letting us play for ya for over 50 years. We love you,” Owen told the crowd.
Alabama’s set included “Tennessee River,” “Mountain Music,” and a snippet of one of country music’s most revered and enduring anthems, the hymn “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.”