George Strait Wins First-Ever CMT Music Award For His Charley Pride Tribute: ‘This Is Really Special To Me’

George Strait; Photo Courtesy of John Shearer/Getty Images for CMT
George Strait; Photo Courtesy of John Shearer/Getty Images for CMT
George Strait; Photo Courtesy of John Shearer/Getty Images for CMT

The King of Country Music, George Strait is officially a CMT Music Award winner!

On Monday (April 11) evening, the Texas native took home his first-ever CMT Belt Buckle during the 2022 CMT Music Awards.

Strait was awarded the trophy for CMT Performance Of The Year for his performance of Charley Pride’s “Is Anybody Goin’ To San Antone” during CMT Giants: Charley Pride in 2021. CMT Giants honored the late country music icon with performances from Strait as well as Garth Brooks, Darius Rucker, Alan Jackson, Jimmie Allen, Mickey Guyton, Luke Combs and more.

While Strait was not onsite in Music City, he accepted the award virtually with a special video message that played during the star-studded show.

“Wow, I can’t believe I won. I’m sorry I’m not there tonight, but I want to say thank you to all the fans who voted for me, I really appreciate that, and thank you to CMT,” Strait said in the clip. ”This is really special to me because this is a tribute song to the late Charley Pride, my friend, and I want to say hi to Charley’s family out there. Thank you very much!”

Artists from George Strait’s home state of Texas dominated the 2022 CMT Music Awards, with Miranda Lambert, Parker McCollum, Cody Johnson, and Maddie & Tae’s Maddie Font taking home big wins during the ceremony.

The 2022 CMT Music Awards featured performances from Kane Brown, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Walker Hayes, Old Dominion, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Cody Johnson, and more.

Also taking the stage with never-before-seen collaborations were Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd, Jason Aldean and Bryan Adams, Jimmie Allen with Monica and Little Big Town, Mickey Guyton and Black Pumas, Thomas Rhett and Riley Green, Cole Swindell and Lainey Wilson. The Judds also joined forces for their first televised performance in over two decades.

Presenters for Country Music’s Biggest Party included Gabby Barrett, Faith Hill, Isabel May, Jimmie Allen, Rob Corddry, Jordan Davis, Billy F. Gibbons, Gayle King, Taylor Lautner, Dustin Lynch, Martina McBride, Joel McHale, Kacey Musgraves, Queer Eye’s Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France + Antoni Porowski, LeAnn Rimes, Dylan Scott, and Dennis Quaid.