It was an emotional night for Kane Brown.
The singer/songwriter made his first public appearance since the tragic loss of his longtime drummer, Kenny Dixon, to accept the CMT Artist of the Year Award. Understandably, Brown skipped the red carpet prior to the show but felt that it was important to be there to accept the award, which he emotionally dedicated to Dixon during his acceptance speech.
After being introduced by one of his good friends and frequent collaborators, Chris Young, Brown took the stage and delivered a heartfelt speech.
“Thank y’all so much,” he began. “I wanna dedicate this to my drummer, Kenny. He started with me coming out of Chattanooga off Facebook. People didn’t think we would make it. He was with me the whole time. He was so supportive of me. I love you, man. I miss you. The band misses you.”
.@kanebrown dedicated his award to his drummer Kenny Dixon.
— CMT (@CMT) October 17, 2019
As his emotions began to take over, Brown dialed it back a bit and went on to thank his management, fans, CMT and “everybody that’s helped me get where I’m at.”
Kenny Dixon, 27, passed away on Saturday (Oct. 12) after reportedly losing control of his car while traveling on Interstate 24 in Christiana, Tenn. He leaves behind a fiancée and young son.
Brown paid tribute to Dixon on Sunday, writing, “Love you so much dude!!! You started all of this with me from the start in 2015 when no body else believed we would make it out of Chattanooga playing for 500 people and your last show was in a Fn Stadium my guy I know u will be watching over us with that red neck accent that we all love and you will never be replaced bro!!! I promise u that!! ”
Dixon will be laid to rest on Sunday, October 20.