Aldean, who received his sixth Artist of the Year honor on Wednesday, took the stage at the Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center to play a powerful cover of Petty's iconic tune "I Won't Back Down."
The 40-year-old singer was joined by fellow Artist of the Year honorees Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban, as well as Little Big Town, for the emotional performance.
Luke Bryan, another honoree at this year's event, introduced Aldean and his performance, and gave a little insight into why he chose that particular song.
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"Jason gave a lot of thought about what he wanted to play on this show, and he kept coming back to a song from a