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TWIN LAKES, WI - JULY 22: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white) Singer/Songwriter Luke Bryan performs during Country Thunder - Day 4 on July 22, 2018 in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Country Thunder)

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Going into Wednesday’s CMA Awards, Luke Bryan‘s got a lot to celebrate, with an Entertainer of the Year nomination.  But things haven’t been going so well for his mom, LeClaire: Her house in Mexico Beach, FL was destroyed in Hurricane Michael, the strongest storm on record in the Florida Panhandle.  The hurricane took the lives of 45 Americans and caused $14.58 billion in damages.

“My mother, I mean, to deal with losing children — she’s lost two children — and now she’s lost her home.  It’s been very emotional for her,” he tells ABC Radio. “So now, you hope that we can return Mexico Beach just the way it was.”

But Luke says his mother will pull through — she’s already busy helping others.

“She’s tough,” he says. “She’s down there cooking meals for people, and every time I call her it sounds like she’s the foreman of a job site!”

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