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17 October 2019, 11:40
Kane Brown gave an emotional speech at last night's CMT Artists of the Year event.
The country star dedicated his award to his drummer Kenny Dixon, who tragically died in a car accident on October 12.
Brown accepted the award from Chris Young, and was visibly shane with emotion.
"Thank you all so much. I want to dedicate this to our drummer Kenny," he said.
Speaking through tears, he added: "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. And I love you man, I miss you. The band misses you."
The day after Dixon died, Brown had posted a similar message on social media, writing: "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."
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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 was aged just 27 when he died in a car crash.
Kane Brown was one of five winners at the 2019 CMT Artists of the Year event, alongside Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, Thomas Rhett and Luke Combs.