Following a high-profile social media dust-up, the singer thanked the cast of "RuPaul's Drag Race" for "making me feel like a brave voice" in Nashville.
The singer dubbed country star Jason Aldean's wife Brittany "Insurrection Barbie" after transphobic social media posts.
The country singer has raised more than $100,000 for transgender-rights groups after being called “a lunatic” for her allyship.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson called her a "lunatic country music person" after she criticized a transphobic joke.
The wife of country singer Jason Aldean was hit with backlash on social media after comparing her "tomboy phase" to a transgender person's experience.
But the awards show said the pioneering singer tested negative after returning home.
Country queen Kacey Musgraves took home the night's top prize for her album "Golden Hour."
Eric Church, Maren Morris and Brothers Osborne also honored the victims from the Manchester bombing.
The brightest stars of country music came out to celebrate.