Alan Jackson Brings Emotional Parentally Themed Medley to the 2021 ACM Awards

Andrew Unterberger | April 19, 2021

Alan Jackson delivered a powerful sunrise, sunset moment at the 2021 ACM Awards on Sunday night (April 18) when he spanned a lifetime's worth of parent-child memories with a two-song medley of "Drive" and "You'll Always Be My Baby."

The Country Music Hall of Famer began his performance with his 2002 No. 1 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, "Drive (For Daddy Gene)." While that song was dedicated to Jackson's late father Eugene, the second song he played -- the recently released "You'll Always Be My Baby (Written For Daughters' Weddings)" -- was penned for his daughters, with photos of them (and Jackson's wife Denise) supporting the emotional performance.

"You'll Always Be My Baby" will be featured on Jackson's upcoming album Where Have You Gone. While Jackson is not nominated at this year's ACM Awards, he's been a many-time winner in his career, including three wins for male vocalist of the year -- in 1995, 1996 and 2002.

The ACM Awards are produced by Dick Clark Productions, which is owned by MRC. MRC and Penske Media are co-parent companies of Billboard.

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