Thomas Rhett put his faith on full display on Wednesday (Oct. 16) during the CMT Artists of the Year special, using his moment in the spotlight to pray for Kane Brown and his drummer, Kenny Dixon, who tragically lost his life on in a car accident on Saturday (Oct. 12).
“I just want to lift up Kane and his family,” Rhett said while accepting the CMT Artists of the Year trophy. “And I want to lift up his drummer, and their family. And I don’t know if this is very conventional, but can I just pray? Really fast. Is that OK with everybody?”
As the audience cheered, they joined Rhett in bowing their heads in prayer.
“Father God, we love You so much,” the singer began. “While also something that we can’t comprehend. And so right now I pray that You would be with Kane and his family, and his drummer Kenny and his family, and bring them peace that only You know how to bring somebody.”
“Thank you for this night,” he concluded. “God bless country music. We love you, Jesus and in your name we pray, Amen.”
The “Remember You Young” singer brought many to tears with his moving prayer. Several of his fellow artists also praised him on social media following the touching speech.
Rhett’s speech came after Brown took the stage for an emotional moment, dedicating his award to his longtime band member.
Kenny Dixon, 27, passed away on Saturday after reportedly losing control of his car while traveling on Interstate 24 in Christiana, Tenn. He leaves behind a fiancée and young son.
Dixon will be laid to rest on Sunday, October 20.