Zac Brown Band Is Under Fire After Their Shocking CMT Awards Acceptance Speech

Did you think this was okay?

  • The Zac Brown Band won Group Video of the Year at the 2019 CMT Awards.
  • Zac gave a bold acceptance speech, and some were offended at his choice in language.

    The 2019 CMT Awards were filled with delightful moments from stars like Carrie Underwood, Maren Morris, Tanya Tucker, and more. But there was one comment from a country group that everyone is still debating.

    Zac Brown Band is known for their summery southern hits like “Chicken Fried” and “Toes,” so it comes as no shock that they were nominated for Group Video of the Year at last night’s show. They ended up winning for “Someone I Used to Know,” and promptly walked on stage for their acceptance speech. Things got a little dicey, however, when Zac said the following:

    “For you young artists, have courage to stand up against the machine, be yourself, work hard, and one day you can stand up here and tell all the haters to f*** off.”

    Though his words were inspirational at heart, many took issue with the language he chose to share on what some deem a “family show.” The responses ranged from “so completely unnecessary!” to “tacky.”

    Nice language for a family show. Not!!!!!!!😳😡

    — DEBBIE COWAN (@cowancook)

    So completely unnecessary! Just accept the award, say thank you and move on. Not classy at all.☹️

    — Yvonne Bellamy-Arvin (@Chanel91207)

    Didn't have to use the F bomb. Tacky

    — Johnathan Greene (@greenemedic)

    Just sad! I don’t watch many awards shows any more but always loved the CMT until now! There will come a day, hopefully for you, you’ll understand. Praying you find that day.

    — Buddy Osborne (@BuddyatHome)

    So disappointing!

    — Mary Beth Walkup (@MaryBethWalkup)

    Some longtime supporters even felt personally offended. “Hmm a lot of those ‘haters’ are people who paid to see them for 10+ years,” one person said. Another added, “Whatever happened to being grateful that your talent got you an award not to mention the fans. I’ll never listen to a Zac Brown song the same ever again. It’s about class.”

    Whatever happened to being grateful that your talent got you an award not to mention the fans. I'll never listen to a Zac Brown song the same ever again. It's about class.

    — Susie Kelley (@susiekelley4739)

    On the flip side, Zac had plenty of people who had his back and reminded those watching that he was likely not speaking out about his listeners. “Do you seriously think [Zac Brown Band] was referring to the fans,” someone wrote. “He was referring to the country music industry that basically acted as if ZBB didn’t exit or the last 5 years or so.”

    Guys, do you seriously think was referring to the fans when he said “f*** the haters”? He was referring to the country music industry that basically acted as if ZBB didn’t exist for the last 5 or so years.

    — Sandra Lynne (@immacrecep)

    Loved it. He is so good hearted and gives his all for his band, family, all his generosity in giving and his SGCamp. Love him for that. People are mean and say ugly things in their tweets. He has the right.

    — Social Butterfly (@SocialB20190061)

    Big Machine makes pop country which all sounds the same. You buck the system and get treated like the Zac Brown Band. Every member is more talented than most big machine artists. Preach on Zac!

    — Steven Roy (@packsroy)

    I love that is all 🙌❤️

    — Mickie James~Aldis (@MickieJames)

    Whether you or thought his words were there’s no denying the Zac Brown Band won the most polarizing speech of the night.

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