Country music artists cried together and prayed together at an emotional CMT Artist of the Year Awards show as they honored Whitfield County drummer Kenny Dixon. 

dixon was touring with Kane Brown when he died in a car accident this past weekend. Kane Brown was one of last night's honorees and he cried as he dedicated the award to his 27-year-old drummer.

Kane Brown, CMT Artist of the Year Awards, "He started with me coming out of Chattanooga. On Facebook, people didn't think we would make it but he was with me the whole time."

Country singer Thomas Rhett, also an honoree last night, used his acceptance speech to lead the audience in a prayer for the families of Kane Brown and Kenny Dixon.

Watch Brown's full acceptance speech here