Eric Paslay had a night to remember on March 15. Not only did he perform at the Grand Ole Opry, he also received an award from his alma mater, Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU).

The singer took the Opry stage to perform several hits, including "She Don't Love You (She's Just Lonely)" and his new single, "High Class." Following his performance, Paslay was presented with MTSU's Young Alumni Achievement Award, by MTSU President Dr. Sidney McPhee and Grand Ole Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher. Fisher is also an alumni of MTSU and has received two achievement awards from the school, including the Distinguished Alumnus Award.

The Young Alumni Achievement Award honors an MTSU graduate 35 years of age or younger who has earned outstanding achievements in career, public service and / or volunteer activities. The recipient is selected annually by the MTSU Alumni Association's Board of Directors; MTSU alumni, faculty, staff and friends can submit nominations. Paslay's musical talents, not only in his solo career but also in his songwriting for others, garnered attention from MTSU and ultimately nabbed him the award.

Paslay, who graduated from MTSU in 2005, recently wrapped up a tour with Brad Paisley and Cam; the two opening acts even pulled off at least one prank on their tour boss. The singer's "She Don't Love You (She's Just Lonely)" is nominated for Song of the Year at the 2016 ACM Awards.

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