Kenny Chesney has dominated the country charts and filled arenas across the country for two decades now, so it's no wonder that he was chosen to receive the Groundbreaker Award at the inaugural American Country Countdown Awards on Monday.
"They told me this award recognizes taking country new places and to a lot of new people," Chesney said in a press release announcing the award. "The truth is: all I did was sing songs I'd lived -- and I knew people like me had lived. Show people their lives as a desirable thing, right where they are, and do a show that says, 'We're all here to have the best night of the summer,' and they're going to respond."
Chesney will also perform at the ceremony, airing live at 8 p.m. on Fox, before receiving the Groundbreaker Award from presenter Vince Vaughn. He'll play his latest Big Revival single, "Til It's Gone," which is No. 7 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart.
"When I was trying to figure out what to sing, 'Til It's Gone' felt right," Chesney said. "It's a song about being committed to the people you love, no matter what -- and that's how I feel about every single member of the No Shoes Nation," he said, referencing the nickname for his die-hard fans.