The Country Music Association presented Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn with a crystal gavel in honor of his service as chairman of the CMA Board of Directors. "This has been a labor of love," said Brooks. "You know what a huge fan I am of the business of music. All aspects of CMA have gone to a new level in the last few years. It is a moving, working, successful organization. I am really proud that you allowed me to rub shoulders with you and be part of all of this." The CMA also surprised new duo Blue County with the Connie B. Gay award for their service to the CMA this year.