Only a few weeks after his brother-in-law’s death, Luke Bryan’s smile was shining bright at the inaugural 2014 American Country Countdown Awards on Monday night. He attended the awards show with his beautiful wife Caroline, and their 13-year old nephew Til Cheshire.
Til’s father, Ben Lee Cheshire, passed away suddenly near the end of November leaving the teen and his two older siblings with no living parents. Their mother (Luke’s sister), Kelly, passed away in 2007.
Luke chatted with PEOPLE after the show and said an all boys hunting trip was up next. “We’re going hunting tomorrow on a trip down to south Texas. So [Til] came into town and we dressed him up and let him have a little fun with us tonight.” Aunty Caroline took him out to get some new duds, and Uncle Luke loaned him a watch for the big night.
After winning the Male Vocalist of the Year award, Luke took a moment to make sure his fans were appreciated. “I want to get serious just for a second. I want to thank all of my fans for the last couple of weeks in my life, for keeping my family in your prayers. And I want to also recognize the country music community, all the artists.”
“Fans, let me explain something to you: You guys support wonderful artists, because they have rallied around me and helped me and my family through the last couple of weeks. It’s just nice to feel loved … thank you guys for an amazing 2014.”