Watch Eric Church’s Inspiring 2020 CMA Awards Entertainer of the Year Speech

by Matthew Wilson

Eric Church reflects on 2020 as a year in his acceptance speech for the 2020 CMA Entertainer of the Year Award. The country singer delivered a rousing speech on the power of music.

“If there was ever a year not to win this award. I was thinking about this when I walked up here,” Church said. “This award this year has been about the loss of this year. The loss of life, the loss of playing shows, the loss of freedom, the loss of kids being in school. And you know what the win is? The win is we were all here tonight together as country music in person, live, not on Zoom.”

Church continued explaining how music can help bring audiences together of different backgrounds and creeds.

“I believe this, I really believe this. It’s going to be music that brings us out of this,” Church said. “That is the one thing that is going to save the entire world. Politicians are about division. Music is about unity. And I promise you, it’s going to take everybody in this room to unite.”

Eric Church Wins CMA Entertainer of the Year

Church finally took home one of the most coveted prizes in country music. This wasn’t the first time the country singer had been up for the award. But this is the first year Church claimed the prize for himself. Previously, the CMA nominated Church for the award in 2015 and again in 2017 and 2019.

Church beat out some pretty talented competition for the award. Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban were also nominated this year for the prize. This was the first year Combs had been up for a prize, and the young singer had been excited about his prospects. Meanwhile, 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.