Strait’s Smile Silences Chesney

Kenny Chesney wanted to give an acceptance speech after winning the ACM’s male vocalist award. He said, “I turned around to pull myself together, and when I turned back around to speak, I looked out in the audience. The first person I saw was George Strait, who is such a hero and had me out on his stadium tours, and he was smiling up at me with that grin of his! When I looked in his eyes, he gave me a thumbs up — and in the face of it all, that just tore me up. … I knew if I tried to talk, I’d start crying, but I know the fans know how grateful I am for that award.” 5/22/03