Before heading into the ceremony, Esten shared, “This is not just the cast, this is the crew, this is every single person. It’s an army that makes this show and makes it good… that’s who I want to lift up at this moment, because they make it great.”
The Tex Ritter Award recognizes an outstanding television movie, series or feature film released during the preceding calendar year which prominently features country music.
Now in its fifth season, “Nashville” continues to tell Music Row’s stories to a world-wide audience. Airing domestically on CMT and Hulu, the hour-long drama is seen in 225 territories around the globe. Main characters Deacon Clayborne, Will Lexington, Avery Barkley, Gunnar Scott and Scarlett O’Connor have made real-life music stars out of actors Charles Esten, Chris Carmack, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio and Claire Bowen. The cast has released 17 soundtrack albums on Big Machine Records and has toured regularly, playing to sold-out crowds in both the United States and abroad. The show has been credited as part of the recent tourism boom in the city of Nashville, which has seen an amazing increase in visitors over the past five years.