Country artist Thomas Rhett has every reason to rejoice as he goes up the stage to receive his award as CMT’s Artist of the Year, but following co-star’s Kane Brown’s tearful speech about the passing of his drummer, Kenny Dixon, Rhett thought it appropriate to utter words of comfort.
Facing the star-studded Schermerhorn Symphony Center, he began his acceptance speech with brief words of thanks then quickly turned to lift up Kane and his family, as well as the late drummer and his family in a quick prayer. Very unconventional as it may have looked and sounded, Rhett prayed the following words on stage:
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.
Listen to the full speech of Thomas Rhett here:
Rhett, however, was not a lone man in his unapologetic Christian faith. With heads bowed and eyes closed, other Country stars were one in prayer with Rhett. Touched by his sensitivity to Kane Brown’s emotional state, the audience responded in applause.
When Reba McEntire’s turn came to receive her CMT’s Artist of a Lifetime Award, she commended Rhett’s gesture. She told the audience that Rhett’s decision to utter a prayer in front of a mixed audience took guts. With tears in her eyes, she blessed Rhett and voiced his apprehension about what he’s done. Being the true queen that she is, Reba publicly announced that what Rhett did ought to be aired on national TV. The audience cheered and applauded in agreement. Nodding approvingly, Reba sternly said, “better make the cut.”
Wrapping up, our “Back to God” singer added that it’s what we need in life: a giving back of our focus and attention to God.
Here’s Reba McEntire’s Full Speech starting at 6:15.