Moments after Beyonce and the Dixie Chicks' performance of "Daddy Lessons" (which segued into a snippet of "Long Time Gone," a Darrell Scott song the Chicks recorded in 2002), Peyton Manning presented Kenny Chesney with the CMA Pinnacle Award for all he has done and "all he will continue to do" for country music.
This is only the third time this award has been presented at the CMA Awards; the two previous recipients were Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift.
"When I think about what this means to me...it means connections with a lot of people," Chesney said. He also expressed his appreciation for his devoted fan group No Shoes Nation, telling them, "Thanks for giving me an amazing life."
"Your music, your songs took a kid from East Tennessee and showed me it was possible," Chesney said.