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Jason Aldean Readies for 2012 Grammys Performance and a Long Celebration If He Wins

Jason Aldean
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Jason Aldean made a clean sweep at December’s ACAs, taking home six trophies. This weekend, Aldean will head to Los Angeles to attend his first ever Grammys — where he is not only performing, but nominated in three of the country categories: Best Country Solo Performance for ‘Dirt Road Anthem,’ Best Country Duo/Group Performance for ‘Don’t You Wanna Stay’ (duet with Kelly Clarkson) and Album of the Year for ‘My Kinda Party.’

“I’ve got my fingers, toes … everything crossed, going to the Grammys this year,” Aldean tells Taste of Country with laughter. “I’m excited. For an artist or anybody in the music business, I don’t know that it gets any bigger than that for us. To not only perform on the show, but to be up for three awards … it’s a pretty good feeling. I think every artist kind of hopes to have that Grammy award winner tag in front of their name, whenever they’re being mentioned for anything. That’s obviously a huge honor. I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be a fun night.”

And just the thought of being in the same room with many musical greats is something the Georgia native is taken back by, as he is a fan of many of the faces who will be at the 2012 Grammys.

“You’re going to have [guys there like Bruce] Springsteen, Paul McCartney and Foo Fighters,” says Aldean. “Getting to see acts like that, that I really haven’t seen perform live before, is part of the coolness about being able to go to some of that stuff. I’m just looking forward to that part of it.”

So if Aldean does in fact walk home a winner in one of the three categories he’s nominated in, how will he celebrate? “I’ve got somewhat of an early flight the next morning, so I may have to keep my celebrating in check until I get back home,” he says with a smile. “But a lot of my team will be out there, so that’s easier said than done. I imagine if we do happen to win one, it will be a very long day the next day for me flying home!”

To see Aldean’s 2012 Grammys performance and to see if he wins, tune in to the awards show when it airs live on CBS on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 8:00PM ET.

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