Thomas Rhett Prays During Acceptance Speech At Star Studded CMT Awards Night

Country music star Thomas Rhett surprised all with an emotional speech and prayer after fellow artist Kane Brown spoke about the sudden death of his drummer, Kenny Dixon.


Rhett said a prayer as an acceptance speech for CMT’s Artist of the Year award.

Dixon died over the weekend after a ‘tragic car accident’ and was rushed to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville.

Rhett turned to prayer in that emotional moment as the best thing to say as he was too emotional to say anything else at that moment.

“I just want to lift up Kane and his family,” he said in the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville. “And I want to lift up his drummer, and their family. And I don’t know if this is very conventional, but can I just pray really fast? Is that OK with everybody?”

Rhett continued,

Father God, we love You so much, while also [struggling with] something that we can’t comprehend. And so right now, I pray that You would be with Kane and his family, and his drummer Kenny and his family, and bring them peace that only You know how to bring somebody.

And thank you for this night. God bless country music. We love you, Jesus, and in Your name we pray, amen.

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The star-studded audience at the CMT Awards erupted in applause. Reba McEntire, who won CMT’s Artist of a Lifetime award, praised Rhett for his willingness to pray during his own speech.

She said, “God bless you,” saying that his decision to pray in front of so many people “took guts.”

Rhett was apprehensive initially as he wondered if his speech would appear on national television because he was mentioning Father God and Jesus, when McEntire got up to speak, she said, “It better be aired.”

“That’s what we need in our life: a little more God,” McEntire continued, with tears in her eyes. “We’ve gotta give this world back to God. We’ve gotta give Him the focus and the attention that He needs.”

Brown dedicated his CMT Artist of the Year prize to Dixon.

“He started with me coming out of Chattanooga off Facebook; people didn’t think we’d make it,” Brown said. “He was with me the whole time. He was so supportive of me. And I love you, man. I miss you. The band misses you.”

The world does need to hear more about God, the name of Jesus has to be shouted from the rooftops, then only the end will come, according to the Bible.