Reba Cries As Lauren Alaina Wins CMT Breakthrough Artist Of The Year

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One of my favorite moments of the 2017 CMT awards was when Reba introduced the Breakthrough Artist of The Year.

Something that is evident the moment you attend a country music award show in Nashville, is the type of community this town fosters. I've attended and interviewed musicians at the Grammy's, and even though it's one of my favorite award shows, there's just something intangible within the community of musicians in Nashville. Even though artists compete for those number one radio spots, there's an "I'm rooting for you," mentality that just doesn't exist as strongly as it does in Nashville.

So, I loved the vulnerability that Reba so evidently displayed when introducing the Breakthrough Artist Of The Year. The country legend recalled, "I was performing for years before I broke through."

"I started off playing rodeos and kept working on my music for nearly a decade before I finally got my very first Number One.”

When Reba announced Lauren Alaina was the winner, the 22 year-old was in an obvious state of shock, but was able to make her way to the stage. Before she got to the microphone, fellow Breakthrough Artist of the Year nominee, Brett Young ran down and hugged Alaina, which just further displays the type of community this town has created within the music industry. 

Alaina admitted, "I don't know what to do," as she clutched her shiny new CMT award. "Reba McEntire just gave me an award!" The excitement and emotions that bubbled through Alaina's voice touched Reba, who shed a few tears of her own as she watched Alaina addressing the audience. The camera caught one quick glimpse, however being in the audience, I was able to see just how touched Reba was by the moment, and the tears that followed.

Watch Lauren Alaina's tear-jerking acceptance speech below:

Listen to my favorite song by Lauren, which perfectly sums up her career journey, by clicking on the button below.

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Three - Lauren Alaina

"Mama said, "you'll be a star."
And daddy said, "you're gonna go far, all you gotta do is sing your heart out."
A lot of miles, a lot of tears
You've given me some of my best years
There's so much I had to miss out on
Six years of missing home for three minutes on the radio"

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