Each year, country music fans look forward to the CMT Music Awards, where they get to cast their votes in hopes to see their favorite artists win top prizes during “Nashville’s biggest party.”
This year, the Zac Brown Band took home the trophy for Group Video of the Year for their “Someone I Used To Know” music video. Going up against acts like Eli Young Band, LANCO, Little Big Town, Midland, Old Dominion, the talented vocal group made sure to use their acceptance speech to talk to aspiring stars.
“We get to show up and do what we love, and no one has ever owned enough of our career to give us their trophies and accolades but that’s not how we measure our success,” ZBB frontman Zac Brown said as part of the band’s thank you speech. “This award is for all of you, my fans and all the outsiders that waded through everyones doubt. For you young artists, have courage to stand up against the machine, be yourself, work hard and one day you can stand up here and tell all the haters to F— off.”
This isn’t ZBB’s only nomination at the awards show. They also earned nominations for the prestigious CMT Video of the Year (prior to the nominees being whittled down), as well as a nod for Performance of the Year for their CMT Crossroads collaboration with Shawn Mendes.
Along with ZBB, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris and Brothers Osborne led the pack with the most nominations, earning three nods each. The 2019 CMT Music Awards, which aired live on Wednesday, June 5, from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, also featured a historical, record-breaking number of performances by ZBB as well as artists like Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Luke Combs.