“In the event you’re like me, you pray that one other Randy Travis [type talent] reveals up every single day,” famous Garth Brooks earlier than welcoming Randy Travis to the stage to obtain the Artist of a Lifetime honor, offered by Ram Vans on the 2021 CMT Artists of the Yr occasion. Notably, Brooks has usually said that since his mid-80s famous person flip, the singer with 23 number-one Billboard nation singles “saved nation music.” Alongside Kane Brown, the “The Thunder Rolls” vocalist celebrated the legacy of the Nation Music Corridor of Famer dwell from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Heart.
✔️ Nation music legend
— CMT (@CMT) October 14, 2021
Welcomed to the stage to the strains of his 1987 hit “Endlessly And Ever, Amen,” his spouse joked that it was “a fairly good night time” for the icon. In addition they said that Travis made recollections which have lasted so long as CMT has existed as a broadcast channel. Furthermore, his spouse Mary thanked his religion, songwriters, household, followers, crew, and extra for his legendary success.
Whereas Brooks provided feedback, Kane Brown later hit the stage to carry out — as he usually did throughout his personal rise to superstardom — a model of Travis’ 2002 gospel-country smash “Three Picket Crosses.” Platinum-selling rap legend Nelly famous that Brown was utilizing his second within the highlight as a 2021 CMT Artist of the Yr to as a substitute honor Travis with the efficiency that includes a dwell band, plus a stage flooded with peaceable farm imagery. “You’re such position mannequin for [up and coming artists],” famous Brown relating to Travis’ persevering with affect upon receiving his personal 2021 CMT Artists of the Yr award.