NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 06: Carly Pearce attends the 2018 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on June 6, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for CMT)

Carly Pearce thanked an unexpected person as she accepted “Breakthrough Video of the Year” at Wednesday night’s CMT Awards.

The “Every Little Thing” singer was clearly emotional when her name was called out for the big win and she struggled to get through her acceptance speech.

“Oh my God, y’all!” Pearce exclaimed through tears. “I sat up in the stands with my mom for so many years wondering if I would ever get here. Fans, you have absolutely changed everything for me so thank you for voting for me.” “Oh my goodness. I’m freaking out,” she confessed. “I just have to say one more thing — to the guy that broke my heart — thank you!”

It took nearly a decade for Pearce to find her place in Music City, and she took any odd job she could get to pay her bills. “I think the nastiest, worst job I ever had was cleaning Airbnbs,” the 27-year-old recalled. “You’re cleaning toilets and cleaning bed sheets, and it’s not glamorous, but I did it…so that I could still pursue music and write songs and play gigs, but it was nasty!”

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