Chris Stapleton celebrated his selection as one of CMT’s Artists of the Year by performing a chilling rendition of his song “Whiskey and You” at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center Wednesday night.
Performing the haunting ballad by himself, Stapleton sang the song he wrote with Lee Thomas Miller that was also released by Tim McGraw in 2007. His solo-acoustic performance of an alcoholic’s lament earned a standing ovation.
When Stapleton accepted his award, he thanked CMT among others, noting that his last minute appearance at the 2014 Artists of the Year special was one of his first-ever performances on television. That year, Stapleton performed “Drink a Beer” with Lady Antebellum.
Stapleton was one of five artists honored at CMT’s 2016 Artists of the Year gala, alongside Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett. The 90-minute show also featured special awards for Kelsea Ballerini, CMT’s Breakout Artist of the Year (an award Stapleton won last year), and Shania Twain, who was deemed Artist of a Lifetime.