When Eric Church was announced as the CMA Entertainer of the Year on Wednesday, one artist was noticeably missing from the small audience: Maren Morris. That’s because she had just won Female Vocalist of the Year and was backstage doing interviews when Church’s big moment arrived. Therefore, Morris had no idea who received the top honor of the night – that is until he stepped backstage with his new hardware.
On Friday, Morris recalled the hilarious moment she found out Church had won and her reaction is absolutely priceless.
“A funny CMA moment (excuse my profanity). I was doing press when they announced EOTY so I didn’t know who won until I saw @ericchurch come to the press carpet with an award,” she explained.
“I asked ‘Wait. Did you just win Entertainer?’ He said with a sly grin, ‘Yep.’ I said ‘Fu**ing. Finally.'”
— CMA Country Music (@CountryMusic) November 12, 2020
Morris wasn’t the only one rooting for Church that night.
After his name was announced, fellow EOTY nominee Luke Combs jumped out of his seat to cheer on “The Chief” while Jon Pardi was also seen jumping up and down in the background.
This was Church’s first win in the Entertainer of the Year category.