Blanco Brown is making his first public appearance since a tragic frontal collision that left him in the ICU last year. Brown took the stage at the 2021 ACM Awards on Sunday night to present the Group of the Year award.
Before Brown took the stage, ACM host Keith Urban praised the GRAMMY-nominated producer and performer for his speedy recovery after the heartbreaking accident. Brown underwent several surgeries to address the injuries he sustained in the car accident.
“Last year, at the time of our show, Blanco Brown was involved in a very serious accident,” Urban said. “I’m being serious to the point where they weren’t even sure if Blanco would walk again.”
“We were sending him our prayers and light and we hope that he will recover. Not only has he recovered quickly, but I am happy to say that he is back with us tonight,” shared Urban. “Here to present the first prize of the evening, in his first public appearance, please welcome him, White.”
The producer said he was lucky to be back onstage at ACM, before presenting the nominees for the night’s top award.
“I am so blessed to be back on this stage and I want to thank everyone in the nation’s community for their love and support. And to all the life-saving responders, words are not enough,” shared Brown. “And now, it is my pleasure to present the group of the year nominees.”
Old Dominion took home the Group of the Year award, kicking off the 56th annual awards show.
Days after the August 31 collision in Atlanta, Georgia, BBR Music Group issued a statement to ET, revealing that they expected Brown to make a full recovery after he was relocated out of the ICU after a second surgery.
“His team of doctors does not anticipate that Brown will need additional surgeries and expects him to make a full recovery,” the statement read at the time. “Blanco, his family and friends wish to express that they have been touched and deeply moved by the outpouring of love from around the world. They want to thank everyone for their support and ask that they continue to pray for Blanco during this time.”
Brown has produced songs for Monica, 2 Chainz, Pitbull, and more. She released her debut single, a country-rap-fused hit called “The Git Up,” last year, which quickly went viral thanks to its fun dance challenge.