Fast Facts

  • Grew up in Luttrell, TN, birthplace of country legend Chet Atkins.
  • Became serious about a music career during his college years, after receiving a guitar as a gift and joining the university's bluegrass band.
  • First album, In My Wildest Dreams, was released in 1993 and sold 100,000 copies.
  • Penned the 1999 tune "You Had Me From Hello" after watching Renee Zellweger's performance in the 1996 film Jerry Maguire. Six years later, Chesney and Zellweger surprised the world with a quickie wedding and an even quicker annulment just four months later.
  • Received numerous industry honors, including several Entertainer of the Year wins at both the Country Music Association Awards and the Academy of Country Music Awards.
  • Is an avid football fan (he was a wide receiver in high school), and has participated in workouts with the New Orleans Saints and created a song for ESPN's college-football coverage.
  • Named No. 8 on Billboard's Top Touring Artists of the Decade. His stadium tours in the 2000s reached more than 9 million fans and were documented in the 2010 theatrical concert film Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D.
  • Honored as Tennessean of the Year by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in February 2011.

Awards

  • 2004, CMT Music Awards — Flameworthy Male Video of the Year: Winner
  • 2010, CMT Music Awards — Collaborative Video of the Year: Nominee
  • 2009, CMT Music Awards — Collaborative Video of the Year: Nominee
  • 2006, CMT Music Awards — Male Video of the Year: Winner
  • 2005, CMT Music Awards — Hottest Video of the Year: Nominee
  • 2002, CMT Music Awards — Flameworthy Video of the Year: Winner
  • 2005, CMT Music Awards — Collaborative Video of the Year: Nominee
  • 2003, CMT Music Awards — Flameworthy Video of the Year: Nominee
  • 2008, CMT Music Awards — Male Video of the Year: Nominee
  • 2003, CMT Music Awards — Flameworthy Hottest Male Video of the Year: Nominee
  • 2007, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Male Singer: Winner
  • 2005, CMT Music Awards — Video of the Year: Nominee
  • 2009, CMT Music Awards — Video of the Year: Nominee
  • 2007, CMT Music Awards — Video of the Year: Nominee
  • 2007, CMT Music Awards — Male Video of the Year: Winner
  • 2004, CMT Music Awards — Flameworthy Hottest Video of the Year: Winner
  • 2003, CMT Music Awards — Flameworthy Male Video of the Year: Nominee
  • 2008, CMT Music Awards — Video of the Year: Nominee
  • 2004, CMT Music Awards — Flameworthy Video of the Year: Nominee
  • 2002, CMT Music Awards — Flameworthy Male Video of the Year: Winner
  • 2011, CMT Music Awards — Male Video of the Year: Nominee
  • 2006, CMT Music Awards — Video of the Year: Nominee
  • 2005, CMT Music Awards — Male Video of the Year: Winner
  • 2011, CMT Music Awards — Video of the Year: Nominee
  • 2013, CMT Music Awards — Male Video of the Year: Nominee
  • 2012, CMT Music Awards — Video of the Year: Nominee
  • 2012, CMT Music Awards — Collaborative Video of the Year: Nominee
  • 2013, CMT Music Awards — Video of the Year: Nominee
  • 2013, CMT Music Awards — Collaborative Video of the Year: Nominee
  • 2015, CMT Music Awards — Video of the Year: Nominee
  • 2015, CMT Music Awards — Male Video of the Year: Nominee
  • 2015, CMT Music Awards — CMT Performance of the Year: Nominee
  • 2015, CMT Music Awards — Collaborative Video of the Year: Nominee
  • 2008, CMT Music Awards — Tearjerker Video of the Year: Nominee

Relationships

  • Karen Chandler — Mother
  • Jennifer Chandler — Half Sister
  • Renée Zellweger — Ex-wife
  • Dave Chesney — Father
  • Mandy Weals — Ex-fiancée

College

  • East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN (BA in Business Administration, 1990)

Details

  • Birth Name: Kenneth Arnold Chesney
  • Birth Place: Knoxville, TN
  • Birthday: March 26, 1968, Aries
  • Profession: Country singer/songwriter
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