Country superstar Eric Church posted a thank you to his social media platforms following the 2020 Country Music Association Awards.
Church was officially named the CMA Entertainer of the Year during the award ceremony. He has released several singles over recent months in advance of the CMA Awards.
Church has been nominated multiple times for the award in recent years. However, this year marks his first victory in the category. He received his first CMA Entertainer of the Year nod in 2015. He also went on to receive nominations in 2017 and 2019.
“A night to remember, thank you #CMAawards,” Church wrote on Twitter.
Church, meanwhile, accepted the awards in his signature Ray-Ban Aviators. The title of his most recent single, “Through My Ray-Bans,” pays homage to his shades.
Watch Eric Church Give Entertainer of the Year Speech
Church delivered a powerful speech after taking home the top award of the night. He said that the award in 2020 highlighted loss, “loss of life, loss of playing shows, loss of freedom.” However, Church said that the win is that they were still able to hold the CMA Awards show “in person, live, not on Zoom.”
“It’s going to be music that brings us out of this,” Church said regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. “That [music] is the one thing that is going to save the entire world.”
This year’s Entertainer of the Year category saw stiff competition between some of country music’s hottest stars. The 2020 nominees included Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, and Keith Urban.
This was the first year Combs had been up for a prize, and the young singer had been excited about his prospects. Further, it was the first year since 2000 two female artists competed for the award.
Previously, Garth Brooks also had his name in the ring for the award. But he withdrew from consideration and future consideration, sighting being happy with having won the award seven times.