Watch Kane Brown's Tearful Tribute to His Late Drummer

At the CMT Artists Of The Year event, Brown struggled through his speech
Kane Brown accepts an award onstage during the 2019 CMT Artists of the Year
Photo credit Jason Kempin / Staff

The life of Kane Brown’s drummer was tragically cut short this weekend, when Kenny Dixon died in a car accident on Saturday. The “One Thing Right” singer’s longtime friend and collaborator was just 27 years old.

On Wednesday night, Brown struggled through his acceptance speech at the CMT Artists Of The Year event, paying tribute to his friend through tears.

"Thank y'all so much," Brown said, after accepting his trophy from Chris Young. "I want to dedicate this to my drummer Kenny. 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. I love you, man. I miss you. The band misses you."

Dixon shared a 3-year-old son with his fiancée Sarah Hendrick. The couple was planning to marry in November. "Kenny passed away last night in a car accident. I know I have to be strong for Levi and God is gonna pull us through this," Hendrick shared in a post on Sunday. "We have a forever guardian angel watching above us now. Please keep Levi, my family, and Kenny’s family in your prayers."

Brown cancelled a show he was set to play on Friday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, after news of Dixon’s death. However, he felt is was important to show up at the event on Wednesday. Brown was one of five honorees at the CMT Artists of the Year event, along with Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, Luke Combs, and Thomas Rhett.

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