Lionel Richie took the stage to present the “Blue Ain’t Your Color” singer with the coveted Entertainer of the Year award.
A tearful Urban took the stage to accept, while his wife Nicole Kidman shed a few tears in the audience.
Then, he referenced their two children, Faith, 7, and Sunday, 10 (whom he affectionately referred to as “Feef” and “Munchkin”). “Thank you for supporting me and loving me through all that I do,” he continued. “Thank you for supporting Daddy. You make it all worthwhile.”
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The country star then went on to thank his fans, country radio, and his late father, who died of cancer in 2015.
“I wish my dad was alive to see this but I think he’s watching over me tonight,” he said. “I am very grateful that I get to do what I do.”
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Earlier in the night, Urban performed his hit song “Never Comin’ Down.”
Following the show, Kidman took to Instagram to congratulate her husband.
“What a night! We were so shocked. Congratulations baby,” Kidman captioned a Boomerang in which she opened the envelope containing Urban’s name.
The 52nd annual CMA Awards air Wednesday, Nov. 14 from Nashville at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.