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Wearing a black cowboy hat, Jason Aldean poses for photographers at the 2022 iHeartRadio Music Awards in LA.
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Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood‘s emotional duet “If I Didn’t Love You” is nominated for Music Video and Collaborative Video of the Year at the CMT Awards. Aldean is currently preparing to release his double album, Macon, Georgia. The country star recently said he would be open to working with Underwood again and discussed what motivates him to pick a duet partner.

‘If I Didn’t Love You’ was a hit on the charts and with fans

When two superstars collaborate, the finished product has high expectations. Sometimes, these expectations are unmet, and the song fades to the background. Luckily for Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean, this did not happen on their 2021 track “If I Didn’t Love You.” 

The heartbreaking duet resonated with fans. It debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The debut set a record as the highest debut for a duet featuring a solo male and female artist since the chart’s inception in 1958.

“If I Didn’t Love You” also took home the ACM Award for Single of the Year, where they gave a moving live performance. Now they hope to take home a few CMT Awards, the only fan-voted award show in country music. Underwood has been encouraging fans to vote on social media.

Jason Aldean says ‘Carrie was the voice I heard for this song’ 

When asked if there are plans for another collaboration with Underwood during an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Aldean said, “I’m open to that!” 

He continued, “I mean, I’m always open to collaborating with anybody. I felt like, with this particular song, Carrie was the voice that I heard for this song.”

Aldean shared his collaborations are based on the music, “We did a song with Miranda Lambert couple years back, and you know it was more of a traditional kind of country thing that I heard Miranda on that song.” He continued, “So I really feel like the songs dictate where you go with a duet partner.”

The “You Make it Easy” singer added that he’d definitely be in for another collaboration with Underwood if the right project comes up, ​​”I really enjoyed working with Carrie, and if something comes up and we have a chance to do it again, and the song’s right, I’m definitely in.”

After the CMT Awards, Jason Aldean’s focus will be on his new double album ‘Macon, Georgia’

After an award show run with “If I Didn’t Love You,” Aldean is ready to focus on his upcoming double album, Macon, Georgia. He wanted to try something different for his tenth studio album as “a thank you to everybody for allowing us to do this.”

Aldean said of the upcoming release, “After nine albums, you try to figure out new ways to do things. Like we had never done a live album, we had never done a double album, and we’ve never done a greatest hits album.” He continued, “So it’s almost like a little bit of all that, you know, jumbled up into one record. “

Macon, Georgia, is Aldean’s hometown, so the album title felt right. “That’s where it all started for me, that’s where I learned to play music and be an entertainer and learned how to do all this stuff,” he reflected. “So for me, it was kind of like a full-circle moment.”

The album will be released on Apr. 22, 2022. The CMT Awards air Monday, Apr. 11 at 8 pm ET on CBS and Paramount+. Kelsea Ballerini and Anthony Mackie host. 


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