Luke Bryan Gives Emotional Speech After Death of His Brother-in-Law at American Country Countdown Awards

Luke Bryan accepts the Male Vocalist of the Year award at ACCAs
Luke Bryan got emotional while accepting his award at the American Country Countdown Awards on Dec. 15.  Kevin Winter/Getty Images

It’s been a tough couple of weeks for country star Luke Bryan, who recently lost his brother-in-law. But on Monday, Dec. 15, he took a moment to appreciate all he has to be thankful for at the American Country Countdown Awards. 

"I want to get serious just for a second," the “Play It Again” singer, 38, said, getting slightly choked up, in his speech for winning Male Vocalist of the Year. "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 wanna 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 in a situation [like that]. Just thank you guys for an amazing 2014."

A source tells Us Weekly that on Saturday, Nov. 29, Bryan’s brother-in-law Ben Lee Cheshire passed away from unknown causes. Chesire was the husband of Bryan’s sister Kelly, who sadly passed away in 2007. His older brother Chris also died in a car accident when the singer was just 19. 

Bryan recorded the song “Drink a Beer” in memory of his late siblings, and it was performed by Lady Antebellum and Chris Stapleton at the CMT Artist of the Year Awards on Dec. 2 in Cheshire’s honor and Bryan’s absence.

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