Kane Brown makes history with ACM Award for unifying anthem 'Worldwide Beautiful'

Matthew Leimkuehler, Nashville Tennessean
·2 min read

Walk into a television interview, and win an ACM Award?

That's how Wednesday morning went for country music hitmaker Kane Brown, who was surprised on-air during a "CBS This Morning" interview with news that he won an ACM Award for Video of the Year.

Brown earned the award — his first ACM win — for "Worldwide Beautiful," an anthem aimed at unifying listeners that he released last year during the height of protests against systemic racism.

"CBS This Morning" co-host Anthony Mason presented Brown the award on-air, with the "Heaven" singer on video call from Nashville. It's the third pre-show award announced by the Academy of Country Music this year; Jimmie Allen and Gabby Barrett earned New Male and Female Artist of the Year, respectively.

The ACM Awards air Sunday at 7 p.m. CST on CBS. The show returns this year to three historic Nashville venues: The Bluebird Café, Ryman Auditorium and Grand Ole Opry House.

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Alex Alvga directed "Worldwide Beautiful"; Brown tapped Christen Pinkston to produce the award-winning effort.

Shot in Tennessee, the video shows a dystopian world where adults stand frozen, leaving children to unite within the destruction. It takes viewers to a small town main street with flipped cars and downed street lamps. Each scene shows adults at a standstill — some next to cars stuffed with toilet paper, others glued to the news — as kids move through the wreckage.

Children in Brown's video unite as yellow, pink and orange flowers swallow the crumbling street. The video closes with a shot of Brown surrounded by each kid — including his daughter, Kingsley — on a street covered in waves of flowers.

In the chorus, he sings "You’re missing every color/ If you’re only seeing black and white/ Tell me how you’re gonna change your mind/ If your heart’s unmovable

"We ain’t that different from each other/ From one to another, I look around/ And see worldwide beautiful."

This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Kane Brown's unifying video for 'Worldwide Beautiful' wins ACM Award