There was no denying that Chris Stapleton was having a good night. The 37-year-old “Tennessee Whiskey” singer was up for three County Music Association Awards Wednesday night and won all three of them.
The night started with Stapleton accepting the award for new artist of the year, performing with Justin Timberlake and then beating Jason Aldean, Kacey Musgraves, Little Big Town and Kenny Chesney for album of the year. The evening ended with Stapleton winning male vocalist of the year. He was up against Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church and Blake Shelton.
Stapleton took the stage after engaging in a little PDA with his wife, Morgane Stapleton. Although his first thought was to say that he’ll be partying after the award show, his speech turned emotional when he brought up his father, who died in October 2013.
“You know, about two years ago I lost my dad and I made this record,” he told the audience, adding that he’d like to think that his dad would have liked his debut solo album, “Traveller.”
Stapleton proceeded to thank his mom, who was in the audience, along with his brother, sister and “Kentucky cousins.” Watch his acceptance speech below: