Congratulations are in order for Kenny Chesney! The singer received the Pinnacle Award at the 2016 CMA Awards on Nov. 2, making him just the third person to take home the honor in 50 years.
Peyton Manning, 40, presented Kenny Chesney, 48, with the Pinnacle Award at the 2016 CMA Awards…and it was epic. After giving a touching speech listing his friend’s accomplishments, Peyton gave an emotional Kenny the trophy, and an amazing montage played showing stars like Reese Witherspoon and Taylor Swift, 26, congratulating the 48-year-old.
“Thank you so much. Standing up here in this spot tonight, looking out at a lot of friends and a lot of people who have touched my life in so many ways, just a kid from Tennessee,” he began his speech, before thanking specific people who are important to him. “When I think about what this means to me, to me, it means connection, to a lot of people who invested a lot of their life into my music and what we do,” he added. “To those fans out there who we call No Shoes Nation, I want to thank you.”
The Pinnacle Award is rare and has only ever been given to Garth Brooks, in 2005, and Taylor in 2013. It is meant to recognize an artist “who has achieved global prominence through concert performances and record sales at levels unique in country music. This artist has also attained the highest degree of recognition within the broad expanse of music worldwide. The artist’s talent and presence will have a long-term positive impact on the appreciation of Country Music for generations to come.”
Of course, considering Kenny’s had SUCH an incredible career, it’s no surprise that he’s joined this prestigious list, especially after the year he’s had. It couldn’t come at a better time, either, as Kenny’s gearing up to take a well-deserved break following the Oct. 28 release of his album Cosmic Hallelujah.
The 48-year-old has an amazing history at the CMA Awards: He’s won eight in total, and has received Entertainer of the Year four times, which is more than anyone else! His song, “Setting The World On Fire,” featuring Pink, is currently blowing up the charts, and we couldn’t be more excited that he’s received this well-deserved award.
HollywoodLifers, what do you think of Kenny getting the Pinnacle Award?