Thomas Rhett Performs 'Unforgettable' at 2017 CMA Awards

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With speculation swirling on Twitter, the country crooner, 55, admitted backstage that he lip-synced his performance of "Ask Me How I Know" before winning the night's highest honor for the second year in a row (and sixth time overall), per People magazine. "We made a game-time call on whether to sing to a track or lip-sync", the singer said.

Rhett has had a huge 2017: His songs "Star of the Show" and "Craving You" hit No. 1 on the charts, and just days before the 2017 CMA Awards, he earned his ninth career No. 1 single.

The mass shooting in Las Vegas shook so many of us, and you can see that in the eyes of many country artists, who witnessed the mass shooting first hand.

Accepting the award from Reba McEntire, Brooks thanked his friends, and including Lambert in his speech, while calling her and others "family". Some thought the decision reflected poorly on the legend, while others were more hurt by it.

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With a seven-night run in Spokane, Washington, starting November 9, the superstar said he was doing his best to save what voice he had left for those performances.

"I think it was hard, but I think it helped us a lot to get back there and not stew on it and not really have a choice because going out there and showing the fans that we are not afraid".

Why the ratings for this year's CMA Awards are expected to be MUCH better than last year's event. "Either way, the track's not going to be ideal". I get to be with the love of my life.

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