Luke Bryan was unfortunately unable to accept his CMT Artist of the Year Award on Tuesday night due to a death in the family. Luke’s brother-in-law passed away over the weekend.
The superstar was however not forgotten at the show. Lady Antebellum and songwriter Chris Stapleton performed “Drink a Beer” in Luke’s honor. A song that he connects to the deaths of his brother and sister. Many audience members were spotted singing along and fighting back tears.
Both Jason Aldean and Keith Urban had some kind words to say about their pal as well. While accepting his Artist of the Year Award, Keith said, “I want to send my love and prayers out to Luke and all your family tonight too, brother. You’re right here tonight, brother.”