During the 52nd Annual CMA Awards last night, eastern Kentucky was spotlighted with several moments and performances. Here is a look back at some of those highlights on the Appalachian region:
Chris Stapleton took home three awards at the CMA Awards. While accepting his CMA Single of the Year award for “Broken Halo,” Stapleton explained that it was about people who died before their time. He would also win CMA Song of the Year for “Broken Halo.” When he won CMA Male Vocalist of the Year, Chris Stapleton took the time to thank his family in an emotional acceptance speech.
“I’m real proud of this award. I want to thank my kids who put up with me being gone quite a bit and not always being as good of a dad as I would always like to be. I love you so much. You share me with all these people and I appreciate it. I want to thank my wife for always being my rock and taking care of me and helping me find the right thing to be and the right thing to do,” a humble Chris Stapleton would say on stage.
Later on, he was joined on stage with Maren Morris and Mavis Staples for a musical collaboration.
Angaleena Presley stood front and center in a sparkly fire engine red dress as she performed “I Got My Name Changed Back” as part of the Pistol Annies. She had a special glow of beauty with her vocals.
Newly elected member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Ricky Skaggs, looked like he was having the time of his life up on stage as he performed. He would be joined by Kentucky Thunder for “Black Eyed Suzie.” Then he strolled over to the next stage to perform “Highway 40 Blues” with Keith Urban and John Osborne. The song was written by fellow Kentucky native, Larry Cordle. Skaggs would end his performance with “Country Boy” alongside Brad Paisley, Marty Stuart, Sierra Hull, Justin Moses, and Carson Peters.
Jessica Bray is the owner and founder of Kentucky Country Music website. The Berea College graduate has been a music journalist and historian for over 20 years. She enjoys providing concert photography, reviews, historical articles, red carpet event coverage, and exclusive interviews of your favorite musicians. Jessica is proud to be a Kentucky Colonel and alumni of the FFA and 4-H Clubs. In 2018, she was named one of Laurel County’s Ten Under 40 Award Recipients. In 2019, she was a member of the Inaugural class of BRIGHT Kentucky as part of Leadership Kentucky. She has been featured on the Kentucky Music Preview podcast, Overtones radio show, WFKY Nashville News Roundup, KET, and more. Beyond music, she enjoys traveling, helping her community, collecting gnomes, and Volkswagens.