Jimmie Allen may not be dancing with the celebs anymore, however he simply gained an much more coveted trophy – New Artist of the 12 months. Allen wowed the viewers on the fifty fifth CMA Awards when his identify was known as and acquired the evening’s loudest applause as far as he made his approach to the stage.
Allen, whose spouse just lately gave start to their second little one, wiped tears as his voice broke with emotion and he thanked his deceased father for introducing him to nation music.
“5 years in the past, I spent my final $100 and got here to the CMA Awards for the fiftieth to observe Charley Pride carry out on stage,” Allen recalled, nonetheless tearful. “And, I received to carry out with him final yr.”
Dressed head-to-toe in pink, Allen informed his spouse he beloved her and thanked his supervisor Ash Bowers who found him taking part in at Puckett’s Grocery in Franklin, Tenn.
“Each artist on this class is wonderful,” he stated, namechecking his opponents Gabby Barrett, Mickey Guyton, Ingrid Andress and HARDY. “That is for my hometown in Delaware.”