Luke Bryan’s Reaction to Keith Urban’s CMA Win Is Everything [Watch]
All five nominees sat still as presenter Lionel Richie added a dramatic pause to his presentation — a pause that allowed for shouts of "Chris Stapleton!" and "Eric Church!" from the crowd. But watch Bryan, a two-time winner, leap out of his seat and raise an arm to celebrate Urban's win — it's as if he had been leading the 51-year-old's campaign for Entertainer of the Year himself!
Urban appears to say "Are you kidding?" before he gives wife Nicole Kidman a 10-second-long hug and hops to the stage in tears. "I wish my dad was alive to see this, but I think he's watching over me tonight," Urban said after thanking his family and his people.
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This was the "Never Comin' Down" singer and 2019 Taste of Country Music Festival headliner's second Entertainer of the Year win, following a win after his first-ever EOTY nomination in 2005. He's been nominated nine times since.
Kenny Chesney was the fifth Entertainer of the Year nominee at the 2018 CMA Awards, but he was not in the audience due to a death in the family.
Bryan was nominated in just one category, but he did open the show with a multi-artist performance of his song "What Makes You Country" He last won Entertainer in 2015. Garth Brooks has won each of the last two years.
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