Trace Adkins has been smoking cigarettes for 26 years. But there won't be a 27th. The deep-voiced crooner has kicked the habit, giving up smoking a few weeks ago after a medical scare.

"I had a chronic cough that wouldn't go away," Adkins tells GAC. "I went in the hospital and had some tests done. I'm fine. They just told me, 'You gotta quit smoking.' And so I did ... I had 26 good years -- enjoyed every one of 'em I smoked!"

A healthier Adkins is now gearing up for his first Grammy Awards this Sunday. He's nominated for Best Country Male Performance for 'You're Gonna Miss This.'