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Jelly Roll Opens Up About His Iconic CMA Acceptance Speech "I Was Given Exactly 60 Seconds"

The breakout star and Nashville native thanked his fellow nominees and even praised Zach on being one of the biggest stars in the game at last week's CMA Awards.



Last week breakout star Jelly Roll took home the coveted CMA Award for new artist of the year! The true rags to riches story has inspired millions of fans across the globe, and Jelly has always used his platform for change and good.


Last week's acceptance speech was no different. The now viral acceptance speech started out by Jelly thanking his fellow nominees and even giving a nod to Zach Bryan. However it is what came next that had the crowd on their feet.


"There's something poetic about a 39-year-old man winning New Artist of the Year," the Nashville native began. Overcome with pride, Jelly Roll full of tears told the crowd and the viewers at home, "I don't know where you're at in your life or what you're going through, but I want to tell you to keep going, baby! I want to tell you success is on the other side of it," he continued. "I want to tell you it's gonna be okay. I wanna tell you that the windshield is bigger than the rearview mirror for a reason because what's in front of you is so much more important than what's behind you."


The video now has millions of views on TikTok, and over 750k views on YouTube. Fans from across the globe praised Jelly for his words of encoruagement.


This week, Jelly Roll sat down with his wife Bunnie on her podcast and opened up about the now viral speech.


"I was given exactly 60 seconds to say something. I didn't think I was gonna win, so I knew this was my only time to talk," Jelly laughed. "I was thinking, how can I thank the most important people the quickest? Thank the other nominees, of course, who I thought were so deserving, and especially Zach, because it was really important for me to make a point to give Zach his flowers on that stage."


"What can I say to make somebody feel like they're not alone? That's literally what was rushing through my head. What can I say that can inspire somebody," he continues. Jelly continues to chat about how is goal was to get the message to a 25 year old looking to throw in the towel.


"It wasn't meant to be as Pastory as it was," Jelly admits. Then his wife chimes in that Jelly has that amount of passion even at home. You can watch the full video below.












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