“I love getting up every day and playing music, and I’ll be damned if anybody out there will ever stop me from doing that,” said Aldean.
Jeremy Mason was on pursuit as a K-9 officer in the Florida city when he was wounded by a gunshot to the face by the suspect at large.
Old Dominion got the most explicit message of them all, one that had them laughing hysterically and had lead singer Matthew Ramsey falling off his chair.
Chris Stapleton and Brothers Osborne walked away as the big winners of the night by taking home two trophies each.
“I love you guys, we’re a family,” Brooks told fellow artists and fans from the stage as he accepted the night’s biggest honor.
“You know, every one of the guys in that category has something to do with me being up here,” Stapleton shared during his speech.
“I want to thank my wife so much. I want to thank my kids and my kids that are on the way,” Stapleton said from the stage.
The sparkle and shine radiated throughout the star-studded extravaganza.
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Everyone who is anyone will be in Nashville come November 8 to celebrate with country music’s hottest stars at the 51st Annual CMA Awards.
“14 years, 2 babies, & 2 more on the way. Happy 10 year anniversary babe!” wrote Morgane.
Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Reba, Dolly Parton, and more took the stage to celebrate the iconic Kenny Rogers.
The Country Rising Downtown Jam will feature artists like Jon Pardi, Carly Pearce, Chris Janson, Lindsay Ell and many more.
Aldean invited several of his artist buddies to join him in singing the Tom Petty classic.
Country music’s biggest stars brought their better halves out for a swanky night on the town at the CMT Artists of the Year event.
Other performers announced include Old Dominion, Garth Brooks, Thomas Rhett and Alan Jackson just to name a few.
Stapleton’s second album of 2017, From A Room: Volume 2, will arrive just in time for the holiday shopping season.
The often shy and soft spoken singer took the stage for a two-hour set that had him talking frequently with the audience and sharing some of the stories behind his songs.
Keith Urban leads the pack of country nominees with three nominations, while Sam Hunt follows close behind with two.
Rather than celebrate each artist’s accomplishments, CMT Artists of the Year has been transformed into a night of hope and healing through the power of music.