Kenny Chesney was a big winner at the recent Billboard Music Awards, taking home the gong for the Top Country Tour of the year.
Chesney was up against Luke Bryan and Shania Twain, so he had some stiff competition.
After playing 19 stadiums across 41 concert dates, the man Variety calls “Country’s only true long-term stadium act” was thrilled to hear the news.
“You don’t tour for awards,” says the East Tennessee songwriter/superstar. “Every night when we hit that stage and hear those fans, that’s the real award. But as I like to say, ‘There’s no group of people with more heart than No Shoes Nation.’ They’re all spirit, all passion, and man, they really brought it last summer! So, to me, winning this award is all about them – and what they bring to every single show we play.”
As the only Country act in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Top 25 Live Artists over the last 25 years, Chesney’s live shows are legendary.
“Touring, to me, is coming together with a bunch of people who all love this music to forget about whatever is bothering you, to shake off the problems and people who make your life what you don’t want,” says the man with 30 Billboard No. 1s, “and embracing everything great about living.
“There’s nothing like the way a kick drum sounds when it hits you in the chest, or a guitar solo that just picks you up and throws you into a whole new energy. To me, that’s the best part of being on the road – and hearing that the Billboard Music Awards recognized us with this award last night, well, thank you so much from me, the guys in the band, the crew, the drivers and everyone else who makes it happen in this crazy world. We thank you, but especially we thank No Shoes Nation for bringing it every summer… They’re our secret weapon, so this award is for them.”
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