"Extra" caught up with Bret Michaels at the 2010 American Country Awards, where the rocker was presenting an award -- and he told us that his heart surgery will be happening soon.
"In January, I get my heart operation," Michaels explained. "I'm feeling about 80% right now, but once I get that done, I'm gonna be feeling a lot better!"
The singer continued, "I'm just excited to be here. My first music I listened to was country music. That's what my dad raised me on."
All of country music's finest were at the ACAs, including big winner Carrie Underwood, who took home Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Female Single of the Year, Touring Headline Package of the Year and Female Music Video of the Year.
Underwood swooned, "I feel awesome it's been a great night for sure," but admitted that she misses new hubby Mike Fisher, who couldn't attend the event. "My phone's buzzing right now, bet that's him!"
Other winners included Lady Antebellum -- who scored Group of the Year, Group Video of the Year and Group Single of the Year honors, plus, Blake Shelton (for his "Hillbilly Bone" video), Alan Jackson (Greatest Hits Award) and Rascal Flatts (Decade Award).