Kane Brown Pays Tribute to Late Drummer Kenny Dixon in Tearful ‘Cmt Artists’ Speech

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Kane Brown Pays Tribute to Late Drummer Kenny Dixon in Tearful ‘Cmt Artists’ Speech
Country star Kane Brown, unabashedly distraught over the death of his touring drummer Kenny Dixon just four days earlier in a car accident, dedicated his “Cmt Artists of the Year” award to Dixon in a heart-rending appearance on the telecast Wednesday night.

Brown ceded the performance slot he would have been allowed to friend Chris Young, who followed Brown’s speech with a song he had written for a friend who also died in an automobile accident, “Drowning,” which had just been released as a single in June. Young kept up a stoic demeanor during his performance, but the emotion he was feeling was evident from the hasty retreat he made from the microphone as soon as he had finished the song’s final line.

“Whoo,” Brown kept repeating, quietly and nervously, as he anxiously thumbed the corner of his trophy while choking up on the stage of Nashville’s
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