Jason Aldean Wins Country Song of the Year, Thanks Wife at iHeartRadio Music Awards

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By Billy Dukes

Jason Aldean accepted the Country Song of the Year award at the iHeartRadio Music Awards on Sunday night (March 29), and then gave a shoutout to his kids, the “Burnin’ It Down” co-writers and his new wife. It was the couple’s first public appearance since getting married in Mexico last weekend.

“Burnin’ It Down” topped Lady Antebellum’s “Bartender,” Florida Georgia Line’s “Dirt,” Eric Church’s “Give Me Back My Hometown” and Luke Bryan’s “Play It Again. It was the only nomination for Aldean. Bryan leads country nominees with two, including overall Artist of the Year.

Reba McEntire presented Aldean with his award. Before thanking his two daughters (who were at home in Nashville), he gave a shoutout to Brittany Kerr.

“I wanna thank my new wife Brittany, sitting over there,” Aldean said as his bride beamed.

“Burnin’ It Down” was a country chart-topper for multiple weeks. As the lead single from his Old Boots, New Dirt album, it helped send the project to [latinum before the end of 2014. The song is a highlight from the Burn It Down tour, which runs through the year. He’ll also be joining Kenny Chesney at stadiums nationwide this summer.