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Ever since his history-making performance at the CMA Awards late last year, Chris Stapleton has been tearing up the country charts and every award show. He went on to win two awards at this year’s Grammys, and on Sunday (April 3) Stapleton took home a total of four awards at the ACM’s.
But although Stapleton’s career as a country singer is relatively new, he’s been a fixture in the country music industry for years as a songwriter, and he has made countless connections with his fellow artists.
When the ACM co-hosts Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley drew attention to Stapleton’s incredible rise to fame, it wasn’t long before other artists started speaking up, wanting to take credit for helping Stapleton on the road to success.
Bentley was actually the first to say something, since Stapleton performed backing vocals on one of his songs on his 2014 album, Riser. Bryan kept trying to take credit himself, since Stapleton wrote his hit song “Drink a Beer,” but he was interrupted by Jason Aldean, who said he was a fan of Stapleton’s “before he had a beard and was playing in a rock band.“
But when Carrie Underwood stood up, she was the one who got in the last word. After the crowd stopped cheering for her, Underwood revealed she was holding a Chris Stapleton shirt, and tried to prove for once and for all why she should take credit for his career over anyone else.
“I bought this Chris Stapleton t-shirt back in 1978, so I’ve basically been a walking billboard for him, for like, ever,” she said.
Although Underwood made a convincing argument, Bentley was quick to point out that Stapleton was born in 1978, but Underwood said that was “exactly” the point.
Of course, everyone knows that all of the credit for Stapleton’s success goes to him and him alone, but it made for a fun and memorable moment at this year’s ACMs. Tune in below to check it out.
Congratulations to Stapleton on all of his success and ACM Award wins!