George Strait breaks 'Billboard' charts record
George Strait is no stranger to industry successes — the country mainstay has a mighty collection of CMA, ACM, CMT and Grammy Awards, and the Recording Industry Association of America logs him at No. 12 on its list of the top-selling artists of all time (with near 70 million units moved).
Still, Strait keeps racking up the accolades: The singer's broken a Billboard charts record by logging a Top 10 hit every year for 30 consecutive years, as his "I Gotta Get to You" shifts up to No. 9 on the music industry publication's Country Songs chart.
That run of Top 10 hits, Billboard says, is a first in chart history.
Strait's hit history traces back to 1981's "Unwound," and this latest Top 10 success brings Strait's cache up to 82 Top 10 Country Songs placements (he trails only Eddy Arnold, who has 92, there).
Read Billboard's full rundown of Strait's latest bragging right HERE
Strait, meanwhile, is up for another big bragging right come ACM Awards night (scheduled for Sunday, April 18 in Las Vegas, and for live broadcast at 7 p.m. on CBS): He's in the running for the coveted entertainer of the year prize, against Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and the Zac Brown Band.
The winner in that category will be chosen via fan vote, and top entertainer votes will be accepted at The Academy of Country Music Awards: Vote for Entertainer and Top New Artist of the Year - CBS.com
into hour three of the awards show.