"More than anything - thank you to the country music fans (and) country radio, you guys have changed my life forever," he said. "This is one of the proudest nights of my life."
"This is really unexpected," a black-hatted Aldean told the crowd. "It was a shock last year to win it and even a bigger shock this year, I think. ... It's been one hell of a ride, so I hope it doesn't end any time soon."