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How Luke Bryan Stays True to His Fans

Six-Time CMT Artist of the Year Honors Route 91 Victims Live

The victims of the shooting at Las Vegas’ Route 91 Harvest music festival were top of mind when Luke Bryan, a 2017 CMT Artist of the Year, closed his 2017 Farm Tour in Centralia, Missouri.

Live onstage in front of a field full of fans on Saturday (Oct. 7), Bryan honored the 58 lives lost, the wounded and the first responders who helped save thousands of defenseless music fans from the gunfire that erupted during Jason Aldean’s closing set by delivering a passionate speech.

“I want to remember those beautiful, those innocent, wonderful country music fans and those victims,” Bryan said. “I want to remember them and pray for their families. I want to salute the first responders in Las Vegas that night. From the policemen that ran in, to the people in the hospitals that were having a normal night and then their world got turned upside down.

“We were all robbed of our innocence Sunday night,” he added before asking for a moment of silence.

CMT’s Hot 20 Countdown, airing Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 14-15) at 9 a.m. ET, will have highlights from Bryan’s 2017 Farm Tour and a preview of the 2017 CMT Artists of the Year special.

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