Jason Aldean doesn't want his fans to fret because he wasn't nominated for a County Music Association award this year.

The multi-platinum-selling artist, whose latest album 'My Kinda Party' hit stores this week, has taken the absence of a CMA nomination in stride. He has, after all, just received two American Music Award nominations -- for Favorite Country Male Artist and Favorite Country Album, along with an American Country Award nod for Male Artist of the Year.

"It's just one of those things," Jason tells The Boot of the CMA competition. "I definitely think being on an indie label doesn't help. I don't have a lot of votes that other people have ... But it's not just that -- it is just how it works. Whoever can scrape up more votes wins."

Jason personally puts more stock in awards that don't involve industry politics. "Getting nominated for those awards that are based on concrete statistics is a lot cooler for me than an award based on who has a few more votes because they traded votes with someone else," he says. "Fans get upset because they don't know how these things work. I know how that stuff works. At the end of the day, it is always this way. It's really not a big deal to me."

What is a big deal to any country artist is a CMA Awards performance slot, which Jason has received this year. He'll take the stage with Kelly Clarkson to perform their duet, 'Don't You Wanna Stay,' on the November 10 broadcast.

"I am a fan," says Jason of his duet partner. "I felt like we could get something special on the record if she cut the song. As soon as she started signing, you just knew we did."

Jason is on tour. His next concert is scheduled for November 18 in Columbus, Ga. For a complete list of dates and cities, check here.

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