Kenny Chesney has been nominated for five Grammy Awards over the course of his more than two-decade career -- but always alongside someone else.

In 2009 Chesney's duet with Mac McAnally "Down the Road" earned a nomination.

In 2011, his performance of "You and Tequila" with Grace Potter was included and last year the singer's "Setting the World on Fire" with Pink earned Grammy recognition.

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Tuesday when the Recording Academy revealed nominations for the 60th Grammy Awards, Chesney snapped his collaboration streak. His 17th studio album "Cosmic Hallelujah" is up for Best Country Album.

Chesney views the nomination as proof the album's rocky start — he switched singles and moved the album's release date — paid off.

"We did unconventional things with 'Cosmic Hallelujah,' always in the name of music," Chesney said. "To change the lead single nine days out because you think the message is important is crazy. But, we did it with 'Noise.' To make a big video for a song like 'Rich & Miserable' and bring in a big actor like John C. McGinley, because the message mattered is unheard of, but we did it."

He views the nomination as validation for his unconventional approach to launching the album and says that every decision was driven by the desire to do "the right thing" for the music, the fans and part of his effort to create an album instead of just a collection of songs.

"I believe in albums and songs that dig deeper," he said. "It may not be as easy or what other people are doing, but I made the commitment to that -- this far into a career you need to decide what's important -- and I stuck to it. This morning, I feel like the people who create understood."