Why Kenny Chesney skipped the CMA Awards

Kenny Chesney canceled his appearance at this year’s CMA Awards in Nashville following a death in his family, a rep for the singer confirmed to Page Six on Thursday.

“CMA Musical Event of the Year winner & Entertainer of the Year nominee @KennyChesney will be unable to appear on tonight’s telecast due to a death in the family,” the Country Music Association tweeted Wednesday.

Chesney, 50, thanked fellow country crooner David Lee Murphy after picking up a win for their collaboration on “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright.”

“Sometimes you hear songs & they just feel good. Occasionally one that feels good says something that people need to hear. That’s how I felt about Everything’s Gonna Be Alright when I heard it. Proud to have been part of this with my friend @davidleemurphy. #musicaleventoftheyear,” he shared on his social media accounts.

As for entertainer of the year, the coveted prize ultimately went to Keith Urban.

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