Country Music's biggest awards week kicked off with the SESAC Awards, and it was all leading up to, with ASCAP and BMI as well, the CMA Awards, set to take place at Bridgestone Arena.
Sunday night's SESAC show started off with a bang with Old Crow Medicine Show honoring Bob Dylan.
The night was all about honoring people, like songwriters and the legendary Kenny Rogers.
"I feel like it has to be real to us first in the room writing it, if it's real to us, most likely, there's someone else that can relate to the song,” Cary Barlowe said.
"I'm a huge Kenny Rogers fan, and I feel like everything that he's been getting these couple of weeks, he deserves it man,” Craig Campbell said.
"He was one of the things my daddy listened to, my momma listened to, my momma always gave daddy, she said, ‘Why don't you get your beard white like Kenny Rogers?’” Lee Brice said. “You know, that was a big part of my life."
Lady Antebellum received the Humanitarian Award for their Lady Aid contributions, and Hillary Scott said this week was an important one to reflect and come together on the year that has been.
"I think we're all gonna hug each other tighter and feel more love than ever,” Scott said.
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