Dwight Yoakam was awarded a special honor during the 41st annual Country Radio Hall of Fame Dinner and Awards ceremony.
Yoakam received his Career Achievement Award during the event which was held June 24 at the Omni Hotel in Nashville.
Since his debut on the country charts in 1986 with his cover of Johnny Horton’s “Honky Tonk Man”, Yoakam has released five studio albums, producing 12 singles that charted in the top 10. During the ceremony, a film that recapped his long and successful career was shown before he took to the stage to accept the award.
“I haven’t gotten a lot of awards,” Dwight told the audience, according to NASH Country Weekly. “But one thing I did have was great support from country radio.”
He went on to discuss how radio has evolved since he first began his career and what a huge impact it had on him as an artist. “Without country radio, I would not have sold 25 million albums,” he stated. He also credited George Strait and Ricky Skaggs for paving the way for his more traditionally based music, which helped his efforts break through the country airwaves.
“Radio was and is magic to my ears,” he told the crowd of industry professionals and other invited guests. “Thank you for being that voice in my ear. And thank you for honoring me tonight.”
Dwight Yoakam’s fourteenth studio album, Second Hand Heart, is available in stores now. A full list of dates for his lengthy summer tour are posted on his official website.