Brett Eldredge took home the 2014 CMA Awards win for New Artist of the Year and gave a heartfelt thank you to his fans and family for helping him fulfill his dream.

The New Artist of the Year trophy was presented by Lee Brice and (newly engaged!) Brantley Gilbert, and when Eldredge won, he didn't hold anything back in admitting that it was a moment he'd been dreaming about for quite a while.

It's been a big year for the newly-minted CMA Awards winner. Eldredge released 'Mean to Me' in July and followed it up with a sexy (and shirtless!) music video in September.

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