In the glitz and glamor of the CMT Awards, stars got private and emotional in their acceptance speeches, providing thanks and glory to God.
“That’s what we will need in our life: a small extra God,” Reba McEntire, who received CMT’s Artist of a Lifetime award, stated, according to Faithwire. “We’ve gotta give this planet back to God. We’ve gotta give Him the concentrate and the consideration that He requires.”
A prayer from Thomas Rhett began the conversations about God. Soon after fellow artist Kane Brown spoke about the sudden death of his drummer, Kenny Dixon, in his acceptance speech, Rhett asked the audience if he could pray.
“Father God, we enjoy You so considerably, although also [struggling with] one thing that we can not comprehend” he prayed. “And so correct now, I pray that You would be with Kane and his loved ones, and his drummer Kenny and his loved ones, and bring them peace that only You know how to bring somebody. And thank you for this evening. God bless nation music. We enjoy you, Jesus, and in your name, we pray, amen.”
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The audience in the Schermerhorn Symphony Center erupted in applause following the prayer.
McEntire praised Rhett for the prayer saying that it “took guts.” Rhett wondered if his speech would seem on national tv and McEntire piped up, “It much better be aired.”
Dixon, who died in a vehicle accident earlier that weekend at the age of 27, was a valued member of Brown’s band. He had been with Brown because 2015.
“It is with profound sadness and disbelief that we confirm we lost our drummer Kenny this weekend in a tragic vehicle accident,” a statement from the band stated according to Fox News. “Kenny was a member of our loved ones from the really starting and our hearts are with his (fiancée) Sarah, his son, and every person who knew and loved him. He was really one particular of the greatest and kindest individuals on and off stage we’ve ever identified.”
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