updated 04/08/2013 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 04/08/2013 AT 5:30 PM ET
Though his fellow country artists act as judges on reality TV, Jason Aldean’s favorite kind of party is on an actual stage – not a sound stage.
“I never say never, but I just know doing that stuff takes away from being able to go out and play our shows,” Aldean, named male vocalist of the year at Sunday’s Academy of Country Music Awards, tells PEOPLE. “For me, if I’m not out on the road playing in front of people then I would be miserable.”
Explains Aldean: “You become wrapped up in that stuff and have to take a lot of time off to do [reality TV].”