Kenny Chesney 2011 Year in Review

posted December 30th, 2011 at 2:01 am

by Josh Martn

After taking a one year break from touring, Kenny Chesney came back with a vengeance in 2011.

Here’s our annual look back at the year.


  • The New Year got off to a great start for fans as Kenny Chesney announced over 40 Goin’ Coastal tour dates
  • Kenny Chesney logged his 21st number one hit when “Somewhere With You” topped the Billboard charts
  • After the first Gillette Stadium show sold out in 8 minutes, Kenny added a second show at the NFL venue


  • Chesney earns five ACM nominations
  • The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame names Kenny the Tennessean of the Year
  • “Live a Little” is released as the next single
  • Chesney produces and releases another football documentary, this one on Condredge Holloway. Kenny premiers the film in Knoxville and makes appearances on ESPN to promote it
  • Kenny joins Jimmy Buffett in Palm Beach, Florida at a fundraiser for the Everglades


  • In a partnership with Costa Del Mar, Kenny launches his own sunglass line
  • The Goin’ Coastal Tour kicks off in West Palm Beach, Florida on March 17th
  • While on tour in Florida, Kenny visited the Phillies at Spring Training
  • On March 26th, Kenny celebrated his 43rd birthday


  • Chesney earns a Billboard Music Award nomination for Top Country Artist
  • “Live a Little” hits number one, giving Kenny his 22nd number one hit
  • The CMT Music Awards nominates Kenny in two categories: Video of the Year and Male Video of the Year for “The Boys of Fall”


  • After Tuscaloosa, AL is hit by a tornado, Kenny donates the proceeds of his May 25th show there to the relief efforts
  • Country legend George Jones stuns Kenny when he comes out on stage during his Lexington show
  • Chesney makes a surprise appearance at Jimmy Buffett’s Nashville show


  • “You and Tequila” is released to radio and the official music video hits the airwaves
  • At the annual Billboard summit, Kenny sits for a Q&A
  • Kenny performs on the Today Show. Grace Potter joins him on “You and Tequila”


  • Kenny’s health and fitness is profiled in Men’s Health
  • Bret Michaels joins Kenny on stage at his Cincinnati show
  • Chesney plays three shows at Red Rocks Amphithteater outside of Denver
  • The theme song for the new ESPN series “Rise Up” is penned by Kenny
  • While in town to play a show at the Meadowlands, Kenny drops in on the Jets training camp
  • At a Grace Potter show in Vermont, Kenny makes a surprise appearance
  • Hurricane Irene forces Kenny to move his second Gillette Stadium show from Sunday to Friday
  • While in Boston, Kenny visits the Boston College football team


  • The Country Music Association nominates Kenny in three categories
  • Kenny makes a surprise appearance at another Grace Potter show… this one at the Ryman
  • A few days later, Kenny makes a surprise appearance at Taylor Swift’s Nashville show
  • Hemingway’s Whiskey goes platinum
  • Kenny is one of the headliners at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas


  • “There Goes My Life” is featured in a State Farm commercial
  • Kenny releases “Reality” as his next single
  • Chesney is one of the performs at the Bill Clinton Foundation: Decade of Difference Concert


  • Kenny and Grace Potter take home the CMA Award for Music Video of the Year
  • Chesney wins Top Package at Billboard Touring Awards
  • The 2012 Brothers of the Sun Tour is announced, featuring Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw at stadiums across the country
  • Chesney is honored as a CMT Artist of the Year


  • Kenny and Grace earn two Grammy nods for “You and Tequila”

What do you think the biggest story of 2011 was?

Tagged in Year In Review

  • Tlsmr001

    OMG Kenny you are awesome. You should be very proud of all the hard work. You deserve it. Congrates on a great year see you in 2012 :)

  • Utterlytony

    biggest story…? very was chesney getting snubbed from a cma eoty nomination, i mean i read the criteria, so that excuse was garbage, he should have been nomiated for that…take our shelton,,   so its pretty sad that despite all the great things he did this year that what he didnt get was biggest story but its truth… cma heads should be fired over that…you didnt mention this in story, but im not politically correct..


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