George Strait wins top CMT award for Performance of the Year
George Strait won his first-ever Country Music Television award on Monday night (April 11) for Performance of the Year. Her rendition of “Is Anybody Going to San Antone” from CMT Giants: Charley Pride special earned him the award against fellow nominees Chris Stapleton, Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, LANY, Mickey Guyton, Gladys Knight, Breland and Blanco Brown.
Strait’s award-winning performance was part of a TV event honoring country music pioneer Charley Pride, who died in December 2020. Since Covid prevented performances at the time, CMT hosted a TV tribute to the legendary artist in the summer of 2021.
Pride’s son and other country musicians honored Pride’s memory by performing his songs and sharing memories of his life. Alongside Strait were other country icons like Reba McEntire, Jimmie Allen, Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, Mickey Guyton and many more. the CMT Giants: Charley Pride special aired on August 25, 2021.
For the event, Strait performed “Is Anybody Going to San Antone,” Pride’s classic 1970 hit. viewers.
Strait was unable to accept the award in person, but sent a heartfelt acceptance speech via video. “I can’t believe I won,” he said. “I’m sorry I’m not here, but I want to thank all the fans who voted for me, I really appreciate that.”
He added that the performance in tribute to his late friend meant as much to him as it did to the fans who voted for her. “It was really special to me because it was a tribute song to the late Charley Pride, my friend,” Strait said. “I want to say hello to Charley’s family over there.”
Watch Strait’s award-winning performance of “Is Anybody Going to San Antone” below.
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