"I miss you," Brown says onstage to Kenny Dixon. "The band misses you."
After Kenny Dixon's death, country singer Kane Brown shared his condolences for his longtime drummer – who died in a car accident on Saturday – and announced that he was canceling Friday's concert at Los Angeles Staples Center. But he felt it was important to appear on Wednesday night (October 16) to accept his honor as CMT Artists of the Year and to pay tribute to his fallen friend.
"Thanks a lot," Brown said, accepting his country star Chris Young trophy. Brown then wept and let out a heavy sigh before continuing to sob, "I want to dedicate this to my drummer Kenny. He started with me leaving Chattanooga on Facebook. People didn't think we could. All the time. He supported me a lot. I love it you, man. I miss you. The band misses you. "
His comments echoed the caption Brown posted on Instagram over the weekend, writing alongside a picture of him and the drummer on stage: "You've started it all with me since early 2015, when no other body believed we could get out of the game. of Chattanooga for 500 people and their last show was at Fn stadium, my guy. "
After thanking the management, the CMT, and the nation's community, Brown closed his speech with this moving approval: "God bless you, be safe."
Watch the full speech below:
Brown is one of five honored at Wednesday's CMT Artists of the Year event, sharing the stage with Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, Thomas Rhett and Luke Combs.