Kane Brown Dedicates CMT Artist of the Year Award to Late Drummer in Emotional Speech

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Just days after a tragic car accident took the life of Kane Brown’s drummer, Kenny Dixon, the “Heaven” singer felt it was important to attend the CMT Artists of the Year awards Wednesday night (Oct. 16) at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville.

[RELATED: Kane Brown Mourns the Death of His Drummer Kenny Dixon]

Chris Young did the honors of presenting the award to his friend, who was understandably still shaken by the loss of his band mate. Kane took the stage to a standing ovation before beginning his speech.

“I want to dedicate this to my drummer Kenny,” Kane said through tears trying to compose himself. “He started with me coming out of Chattanooga off Facebook. People didn’t think we would make it. He was with me the whole time. He was so supportive of me. I love you man, I miss you. The band misses you,” he said.

He concluded with a message to his fans. “Thank you all so much, thanks for this award. My fans, everybody that’s helped me get where I’m at. I love everybody. Country music. All the people in here that I talk to or I don’t talk to just know that I love you guys. I love the country community and God bless you guys. You all stay safe.”

Following Kane’s acceptance, Chris Young took the stage again to perform his song that he wrote for a friend that he also lost in a tragic car accident years ago, “Drowning.”

[RELATED: Chris Young Releases Emotional New Music Video for “Drowning”]

“I wrote this song about a friend of mine that passed away too soon in a car accident,” Chris said. “So, I kind of empathize with Kane and what he’s going through. And I really appreciate him allowing me to stand up here tonight and sing this in honor of his friend Kenny.”

Our hearts go out to Kane during this difficult time.