NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After years of feeling like an outsider, Eric Church found a home Thursday at the Country Music Association Awards.
Church won album of the year for his breakthrough record Chief, signaling his complete acceptance by the country music community.
I spent a lot of my career wondering where I fit in – too country, too rock, Church told the crowd. I want to thank you guys for giving me somewhere to hang my hat tonight.
In one of the awards’ most emotional moments, husband and wife stars Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert won song of the year for Over You.
As Lambert openly wept on stage, Shelton recounted how the loss of his older brother, Richie, and father, Dick, spurred the couple to write the heart-rending song.