Luke Bryan thanks fans in emotional acceptance speech after brother-in-law's death

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Singer Luke Bryan poses in the press room at the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
Luke Bryan performs at the CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 15: Luke Bryan performs onstage at the 2014 American Country Countdown Awards at Music City Center on December 15, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 15: Recording artist Luke Bryan, winner of the Male Vocalist of the Year award, poses in the press room during the 2014 American Country Countdown Awards at Music City Center on December 15, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Recording artists Luke Bryan (L) and Taylor Swift attend the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/AMA2014/Getty Images for DCP)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 08: Country singer Luke Bryan Performs On ABC's 'Good Morning America' at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park on August 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/FilmMagic)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 10: Luke Bryan performs in concert at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, August 10, 2014. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
CLARKSTON, MI - JUNE 19: Luke Bryan performs in support of his 'That's My Kind of Night Tour' at DTE Energy Music Theater on June 19, 2014 in Clarkston, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Singer/songwriter Luke Bryan (R) and Caroline Boyer attend the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/AMA2014/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 05: Luke Bryan speaks in the press room with his award for Entertainer of the Year during the 48th annual CMA awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 5, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 05: Luke Bryan performs during the 48th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 5, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 04: (L-R) Dustin Lynch and Luke Bryan attend the 62nd annual BMI Country awards on November 4, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/FilmMagic)
CONCORD, CA - OCTOBER 17: Luke Bryan performs during the 'That's My Kind of Night' tour at the Concord Pavilion on October 17, 2014 in Concord, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
SAN ANTONIO, TX - SEPTEMBER 18: Luke Bryan performs in concert at the AT&T Center on September 18, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Luke Bryan performs at Barclays Center on September 14, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Luke Bryan performs at Barclays Center on September 14, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0121 -- Pictured: Musical guest Luke Bryan performs on September 10, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Luke Bryan performs onstage at Fashion Rocks 2014 presented by Three Lions Entertainment at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on September 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Three Lions Entertainment)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Singer Luke Bryan poses in the press room at the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 1: Luke Bryan and his wife Caroline Boyer Bryan attend Day 8 of the 2014 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 1, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 08: Amy Robach, Connie Britton, Luke Bryan filming the season finale of 'Nashville' after his apperance on ABC-Tv's 'Good Morning America' on August 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Sands/GC Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 05: Luke Bryan attends a press conference at the 2014 CMA Festival on June 5, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images)
Luke Bryan poses in the press room with the awards for entertainer of the year and vocal event of the year at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP)
FILE - In this June 10, 2015 file photo, Luke Bryan arrives at the CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena, in Nashville, Tenn. Bryan is launching a new mobile app with interactive features, exclusive content and live-streaming for fans. The multiplatinum singer with more than 4 million Twitter followers told The Associated Press that the app, available July 24, 2015, on iTunes and Google Play, will be another way for him to connect to his fans online. (Photo by Sanford Myers/Invision/AP, File)
Lionel Richie, left, and Luke Bryan react as they are announced winners of the award for CMT performance of the year for “Oh No/All Night Long” (from 2013 CMT artists of the year) at the CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)
Luke Bryan poses for a portrait at Audio Productions on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Donn Jones/Invision/AP)
FILE - This April 1, 2012 file photo shows country singer Luke Bryan at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. Bryan is joining Blake Shelton to co-host the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards. The Academy announced Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, this year’s show will be held April 7. Bryan replaces Reba McEntire, who served as host for more than a decade before stepping aside to concentrate on her new sit-com “Malibu Country.” (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, file)
In this July 12, 2011 photo, country music artist Luke Bryan poses for a photo in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Donn Jones)
Luke Bryan performs at the 2011 CMT Music Awards in Nashville, Tenn. on Wednesday, June 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Luke Bryan poses with the top new artist award backstage at the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 18, 2010. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
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Country singer Luke Bryan won Best Male Vocalist at Monday night's American Country Countdown Awards, but when he took the stage to accept the accolade, it was for more than just the award.

"I want to thank all of my fans for the last couple of weeks in my life, for keeping my family in your prayers," Bryan told the Nashville audience. "And I want to also recognize the country music community, all the artists."

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Bryan's brother-in-law Ben Lee Cheshire passed away last month, one week after the country star took home the trophy for Favorite Male Country Artist at the American Country Awards. The singer is no stranger to tragedy, having lost his only sister, Cheshire's wife Kelly, unexpectedly in 2007 and his older brother in a car accident 11 years earlier.

The country star skipped the CMA Artists of the Year special on Dec. 2 to spend time with his family in the wake of Cheshire's death, but he performed and accepted his award at Monday's ACCAs, thanking the country community for their support during both a tough time and one of the biggest years of his career.

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"Fans, let me explain something to you: You guys support wonderful artists, because they have rallied around me and helped me and my family through the last couple of weeks," Bryan said in his first public appearance since his brother-in-law's death. "It's just nice to feel loved in a situation [like that]. Just thank you guys for an amazing 2014."

The singer also posted his thanks on Twitter:

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