We’re used to some unexpected presenters and performers at country music award shows, so it was a nice surprise to see actor, comedian and writer Tyler Perry step onstage at the Nov. 8 CMA Awards. And it was even nicer to hear what he had to say.
Recognizing the achievements of the late Charley Pride, a three-time CMA award winner in the early 1970s, Tyler pointed out that country music came together to honor a star without consideration to race, religion or political affiliation.
“And just like that moment, I believe now that it has never been more important than it is right now that we all come together, find some common ground …” Tyler said before a long standing ovation erupted inside Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
Over the lingering applause, he continued, “Find some common ground, spend some time listening to each other and realizing that we are more alike than we are not alike.”
The response was thunderous.
It was certainly a night for love, acceptance, hope and healing, and many stars referenced the amazing relationships within the country music family and the recent events, including the shooting in Las Vegas, that have brought them even closer together.
And while the nature of an award show is to select winners in specific categories, it sounds cliché, but it also seems that anyone who heard and felt that message of unity was a winner.