Country music powerhouse Chris Stapleton took home the Academy of Country Music Awards’ top prize last week — but not before he helped the after-show crew clean up the venue.
The Kentucky-born singer is known for his casual, down-to-earth demeanor, but this latest act of kindness took that reputation to a whole new level, earning the entertainer praise on social media.
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Absent any pomp or circumstance, Getty Images photographer John Shearer happened to still be in the main room at the Ford Center of The Star in Frisco, Texas, after the ACM Awards show last Thursday, where he saw Stapleton — unprompted — pitch in to help the clean-up crew.
The “Tennessee Whiskey” singer, still wearing the clothes he had on when he accepted the prize for Entertainer of the Year, grabbed a leaf blower and began clearing confetti from the floor near the stage, Billboard reported.
Stapleton earned plenty of praiseworthy comments, including one from his wife, Morgane, who wrote, “Love this so much.” The 45-year-old singer shared the picture to his own Instagram account, along with a quote from fellow country star Lainey Wilson: “If you’re gonna be a dreamer, you better be a doer.”
Wilson, who won Female Artist of the Year, made the comment during her acceptance speech Thursday.
“I’ll tell you what,” she said. “Everybody in this category didn’t just wind up here by happenstance; they have worked their fingers to the bone. They have put the blood, sweat, tears, and years and years into this, made so many sacrifices, missing a lot of weddings, a lot of funerals — not that I wanna go to all of them, anyway, but I’m just sayin’. Oh my goodness, y’all. For the little girls watching this — this right here — it stands for hard work. If you’re gonna be a dreamer, you better be a doer.”
Just as humble as his actions were Stapleton’s words when he delivered his own speech after winning the ACM Awards top honor last week.
“I’m shocked, truly,” he said. “By any imaginable metric, I don’t deserve this. There are so many other great people in this category. I get up there and try to play music every night. I write songs and make records and I never thought of myself as someone who would win this award.”
Stapleton also thanked his wife and dedicated the prize to their children.
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