Wednesday, March 6, 2013


    In 2001, Chesney released his first Greatest Hits album, followed by 2002's rock-influenced No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem. The following year, he completed a successful tour. In 2004, Chesney was named Entertainer of the Year by the Country Music Association.    The following year, he released two new albums: Be As You Are: Songs From an Old Blue Chair (2005) and The Road and The Radio (2005). Both recordings were smash hits, reaching the top of the country charts with such singles as "Who You'd Be Today" and "Guitars and Tiki Bars." While he was experiencing success in his career, his personal life went through a series of ups and downs around this time. Chesney married actress Renee Zellweger in May 2005, but the union was annulled seven months later.
   Chesney released a concert album, Live: Live Those Songs Again (2006), which topped the country album charts and made an impressive showing on the pop album charts as well. He also was honored at the Academy of Country Music Awards as Entertainer of the Year for two straight years - 2006 and 2007.
   For his next release, Chesney helped produce Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates (2007), which featured a slew of hits. The introspective "Don't Blink" topped the country charts as did "Never Wanted Nothing More" and "Better As a Memory." The recording also had two popular duets -- "Every Other Weekend" with Reba McEntire and "Shiftwork" with George Strait. That same year, he won a CMA Award for Musical Event of the Year for his work on Tracy Lawrence's "Find Out Who Your Friends Are" with Tim McGraw.
   Chesney went on tour during the summer of 2008 to support Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates, which was very successful. That September, Chesney was nominated for seven CMA Awards, including Entertainer of the Year as well as Male Vocalist of the Year. He received two nominations in the Musical Event of the Year for "Every Other Weekend" and "Shiftwork."