In fact, it was a feeling that came over him as he was warming up in the bathroom just before taking the stage.
"I was literally in the bathroom before the show, doing my vocal warmups," says TR. "Something just came over me, and it was like, "You need to pray for Kane [Brown]'s family." I didn't really know how that was going to be perceived. Which is why I said what I said, um, but I think that when someone has experienced that kind of loss and still made it a fact to show up…and give that speech about his drummer…I think that meant a lot to his drummer's family." Thomas continued, "Just to add to that, it was such an honor to be recognized as one of the 'CMT' Artists of the Year,' but I did feel like that night, I feel like that night, in a way, really revolved around that and I didn't want to shift that direction onto me. It just felt right to do."
Watch the video below to see Thomas recall the events the lead up to his unplanned prayer.
In case you missed the emotional night, here is a transcript of Thomas' onstage prayer.
"Thank you so much, CMT, for such an amazing honor. I don't know about you, but sitting in that seat over there watching the whole night, I was telling Ashley [McBryde], I cried once during her bit. Kane's speech – I don't know if Kane's here anymore, but I just want to lift up Kane and his family, and I want to lift up his drummer, and their family."
"I don't know if this is very conventional, but can I just pray, really fast? Is that okay with everybody?" Rhett bowed his head. "Father God, we love you so much. Loss is something that we can't comprehend, and so right now I pray that you would be with Kane and his family and his drummer Kenny and his family, and bring them peace that only you know how to bring somebody. Thank you for this night. God bless country music. We love you, Jesus. And in your name we pray. Amen."
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