Jelly Roll Drops And Shatters First CMA Trophy
Jelly Roll was a highlight of the 57th Annual CMA Awards last night (11/8), and when he won the CMA’s New Artist Award, the whole crowd, including his fellow nominees (Zach Bryan, who he was seated next to), cheered for him as well. As Riley Green noted in a recent interview with me, “It’s hard not to love Jelly Roll,” and that is so true.
Jelly seemed to bounce backstage to talk to all the media, noting that it was his first time in a big press room of this kind. Something else that did not bounce was the crystal CMA Award that he was holding on tightly to and then dropped. Unfortunately, it shattered backstage.
One press outlet even had a photo of the shattered CMA trophy. The outlet posted to X (formerly known as Twitter), “Guess who dropped and broke his best new artist #CMAawards? Yes, @JellyRoll615, but don’t worry, he will get a replacement. #JellyRoll.”
See that post here.
Fortunately, the CMA Awards that winners hold backstage are actually stand-in awards that everyone holds to take photos, and the real CMA trophy will be sent to Jelly and the other winners about a month after the CMA gets the name and honor firmly engraved on the crystal.
While Jelly was backstage, he excitedly told us where he plans to keep his CMA award when it arrives at his home in Nashville. He said, “I have a room that is the stuff that has come to mean the most to me. The family of Gary Rossington, the late great guitar player from Lynyrd Skynyrd, gifted me one of his guitars out of his vault. I have it right next to my Craig Morgan handwritten lyric sheet. Which is right next to Eric Church’s note he gave me the first time I opened up for him, and it’s signed…. that’s really the memories I’ll cherish forever.”
He concluded, “So this award doesn’t just represent a lifetime of hard work; it’s a memory I’ll forever have sitting there drinking beers with Zach Bryan, kicking it next to Post Malone and my beautiful wife. I’ll think of this forever. And I can relive it in 4K any time I wanna go on Hulu.”