CMT Music Awards 2019: Zac Brown Tells Haters To “F*ck Off” During Acceptance Speech

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With the 2022 CMT Music Awards on tonight, we thought… why not spin it back to some of the most memorable moments in CMT Music Awards history?

Well, turns out there aren’t many…

I’m sorry, but the CMT Music Awards are always the biggest snoozefest of any country music awards show.

Let’s be honest, CMT doesn’t even play music videos anymore. It’s just 24 straight hours of re-run television sitcoms like Mike & Molly, Last Man Standing, and King of Queens.

So why they still have their own awards show is anybody’s guess…

That being said, we’re taking it back to the 2019 CMT Music Awards, right before Zac Brown crawled into his weird mid-life crisis and started rapping about Gucci bags and shit.

What a wild time that was…

In 2019, Zac Brown and company accepted the Group Video of the Year award for their song “Someone I Used to Know.” During his acceptance speech, which read more like an on-stage rant, Zac spent some time thanking the fans before things went off the rails.

“We’re so grateful and we get our award every night when we get to show up and do what we love. This award is for all of you, my band and all the outsiders that waited through everyone’s doubts.

For you young artists, have courage to stand up against the machine, be yourself, work hard, and one day you can stand up here and tell all the haters to fuck off.”

At the time, it was completely out of left field…


At the time, I tweeted this out… and boy was that a sign of awful things to come.

Later that year, Zac Brown Band would go on to release The Owl, which is by far the worst thing they ever put out, and the Zac doubled down with an even shitter solo project called, The Controversy.

If you need a refresher on Zac’s God-awful rap effort, here’s one called “God Given.”

And then in an interview with The Tennessean, Zac said that it was “an impossibility” for people to “really listen and artistically understand my music.” He implied that they were too stupid and uncultured to understand it:

“It’s a matter of what other people have been exposed to. If all they’ve known is to hate things that are foreign to them and to not listen for something that moves them and to be open, they’re (not going to understand).

I think my traveling has given me the ability to be open and take in so many different things. All of those tastes combine into making me who I am. I’ll dive deep into someone’s music and … I’ll start to realize what’s really good about something.”

Let’s check out the chorus from a little song called, “Swayze.”

“I can’t be your Tom Cruise bitch, I’m Patrick Swayze. Every time I get a new bitch, I need a new bitch. I’m just sayin’, I’m so Swayze. ‘Bout to ghost on you, bitch.”

Deep stuff… definitely too hard for dumbass like me to understand.

Anyways, Zac Brown Band’s most recent album, The Comeback, was exactly that… a comeback to Earth. Featuring some Luke Combs co-writes, a Marcus King collab, and more, it was MUCH better than the previous stuff.

But looking back, it seems like this 2019 CMT Music Awards acceptance speech definitely was a sign of strange things to come.

Airing live from Nashville tonight, this year’s ceremony will be hosted by Kelsea Ballerini (from home) and Anthony Mackie.

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock