Charley Pride honored with lifetime achievement award at CMA Awards

The country music legend is credited with paving the way for other Black country artists.
1:45 | 11/13/20

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Transcript for Charley Pride honored with lifetime achievement award at CMA Awards
Finally tonight here, America strong. The trail blazer, nearly 50 years later, returning to that stage. I got the lovesick blues Charlie pride is a trail blazer. Dow Louisiana just about a mile from texarkana The son of Mississippi sharecroppers, he was a professional baseball player before turning to country music. He became rca's best-selling artist since Elvis, with dozens of number one hits. 70 million records sold. He been called country music's first black superstar. Kiss an angel good morning and love her like the devil when you get back home It was 1971 when he won the cma's enter of the year award. I want to thank everybody who was responsible and especially to all of my fans out there. Appreciate it. Vu happy. And last night, nearly 50 years later, at 86 years old, performing at the country music awards, where he was honored with the lifetime achievement award. You got to kiss an angel good morning and let her know you think about her when you're gone well, oh, thank you so much. You know, I -- you might not believe it, but I'm nervous as I can be. Nervous and humble, thanking those who influenced him and those who have listened to his music through the years. And all my fans, I want to say thank you. I'm through talking, I guess. Like I said, I'm nervous. Charlie pride, America strong. No question about that. Thank you for watching. I'm David Muir. I hope to see you right back

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