They don't call him the "King of Country" for nothing: The iconic George Strait is celebrating his 60th number one song ("Give It All We've Got Tonight"), his sixth decade (he'll be 62 in May) and his year-long farewell to the road (his final'The Cowboy Rides Away' tour).
He's also up for the coveted Entertainer of the Year award at the 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards, which will be held April 6 in Las Vegas. Whether he takes the title home or not, Strait has made an indelible mark on the country world, which his fellow musicians are more than happy to acknowledge.
As seen in this clip, Nashville's full range of artists -- from those young enough to be Strait's kids (Jana Kramer, Chris Young, Thompson Square) to those with decades of hits under their belts (Sheryl Crow, Darius Rucker, Sara Evans) -- have nothing but amazing things to say about their "King."
As Randy Houser succinctly puts it, Strait is like "the Dos Equis commercial: The most interesting guy in the world!" We'll drink to that.
Next week, Strait will tale the ACM Awards stage with Miranda Lambert to perform a tribute medley to another country legend and milestone: Merle Haggard’s prolific 50 years in country music. They'll be including hits "Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down” and "I’m A Lonesome Fugitive."
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