“You know they told me this was going to happen, but you know, I didn’t know there was going to be all of this. And Lennon and Maisy, and the video. My parents aren’t just crying, they’re actually balling at this point. I remember when I was 16 and I got the first phone call from Scott Borchetta, my label president. He said, ‘can you be on the road in two days to open up for Rascal Flatts?’ And I just started screaming, I said this has to be a miracle. He said ‘no it’s not a miracle, Eric Church got fired for playing too long’. Uhm, so…uhm, but then I got a call that I was gonna get to go on the road with George Strait who taught me to play the songs your fans want to hear. I got a call from Brad Paisley and I toured with him for 9 months, and I sat on a speaker by the side of the stage and I watched him every single night..cause he was funny and I’ll never be that funny, and it makes me sad. Keith Urban, I toured with him and I’m such a huge fan of his music. And Tim and Faith have a style at a level that is the pinnacle I will never reach which is that style that the two of you have. I justyou guys all got up here and you all did this. And I just know that this had to have taken a lot of people to make this decision to give this to me. So, to the CMA, to whoever made this choice…you’re not only rewarding my hard work and exhaustion…you’re rewarding the hard work and exhaustion of my family, and my label, and anyone who works with me..and most of all the fans. Who filled stadiums. I love you. On behalf of all those people, thank you, thank you. I love you! You’ve made me feel so special right now! Thank you!