While Zach Bryan did not take home a CMA Award last night, his name was very much there.
While Bryan made the statement last year that he did not want to be considered for a CMA:
“Guys, I don’t and will never want to be considered at the CMAs. My pride is fine and I appreciate all the love and support, and I say it with every ounce of respect to other country artists.”
This year, he was nominated for New Artist of the Year, and winner Jelly Roll gave ZB a much-deserved shoutout during his acceptance speech.
“Zach Bryan, I think you are one of the hottest things on Earth, not just country music. You deserve this as much as anybody else. I love you. I’m glad we’re sitting there partying the rest of the night.”
"Zach Bryan, I think you are one of the hottest things on Earth, not just country music. You deserve this as much as anybody else. I love you, I'm glad we're sitting there partying the rest of the night" -Jelly Roll#CMAawards
As the two sat next to each other during the awards show, a budding friendship appeared before our eyes. Now, it might be a little early to speak on this, but this is a collaboration I will need down the road.