Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Chris Stapleton Cleaned Up—Literally—after Receiving Top Country Music Award

Stapleton, still dressed in his suit and tie, used a leaf blower to clear out the confetti that fell on him as he received the award...

(Ezekiel Loseke, Headline USA) Chris Stapleton won one of the biggest awards at the Academy of Country Music Awards, and stuck around afterwards helping workers clean the building.

The Kentucky born Stapleton—known for hits including “Tennessee Whiskey,” “Fire Away”  and his poignant rendition of the national anthem at this year’s Super Bowl—cleaned up at the 58th annual award ceremony, which was hosted by country music legends Garth Brooks and Dolly Parton in Frisco, Texas.

Stapleton won the biggest award of the night when he was proclaimed entertainer of the year.

“My kids sitting at home—they give up a lot of my time and a lot of my wife’s time so that we can go do this, and this is for them,” he said in his acceptance speech.

When the night drew to a close, Getty Images photographer John Shearer, still in the Ford Center, glimpsed Stapleton moseying out with his team. The country singer stopped, however, and began helping workers clean up.

Still dressed in his suit and tie, Stapleton put a leaf blower to good use, reportedly clearing the confetti that had rained down earlier during his big moment.

The moment, captured on film by Shearer, later received a nod from friends, fans and family.

Stapleton shared the image on his Instagram, captioning it with a quote from ACM’s 2023 female artist of the year, Lainey Wilson: “If you’re gonna be a dreamer, you better be a doer.”


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“By any imaginable metric, I don’t deserve this,” Stapleton wrote. “There are so many other great people in this category. I get up there and try to play music every night. I write songs and make records, and I never thought of myself as someone who would win this award.”

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