When Maren Morris took house certainly one of the greatest awards of the evening at the 2019 CMA Awards on Wednesday (Nov. 13), she additionally created certainly one of the most emotional moments of the night with a tribute to the late producer Busbee.

Morris was awarded album of the yr for her Top Country Albums chart-topping sopohomore LP, Girl, taking the stage alongside one other certainly one of her producers, Greg Kurstin. Choking again tears, Morris thanked her supervisor, mother and father, husband Ryan Hurd, Kurstin, and “Girl” co-writer Sarah Aarons, however then used the final moments of her heartfelt speech to pay tribute to Busbee.

“I would be really remiss if I didn’t mention a huge facet of why this album sounds the way it does and we miss him so dearly,” Morris stated. “He texted me the morning we got the nomination for album of the year this year — and we were so excited — and that’s our friend Busbee.”

The singer then referred to as out Busbee’s spouse, Jess, who was in the viewers. “Thank you so much for sharing your husband with us once a month,” Morris continued. “My heart just goes out to you and your beautiful daughters. I hope when they listen to this record or any of the songs that he made that made us all better, they know how amazing their father was.”

Busbee handed away in September from glioblastoma after solely being recognized with mind most cancers a number of months earlier than. Morris was certainly one of the many stars that paid tribute to the producer, who labored with artists in nation and past, together with Shakira and Adam Lambert. 

Watch Morris’ touching speech under.

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