Luke Bryan Recalls ‘Panic Attack’ Before First CMA Awards Appearance on “Ellen”

Luke Bryan made an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday (May 19).  The show is set to come to an end next week and Luke took look back at his first appearance on Ellen in 2011.

During that episode, Luke served as a special correspondent for Ellen on the red carpet at the CMA Awards. He was also scheduled to perform for the first time at the country music award show and he told Ellen the pressure got to him.

“You know, when you’re a country person, you don’t want to admit that panic attacks are all on ya,” Bryan shared.

“I didn’t realize so much pressure was on me until I could not breathe in the limo,” he shares. “And then, I’m claiming, you know, that we need to let the windows down, you know. My wife’s there, and she’s like, ‘Luke, this is called a panic attack.’ And I’m like, ‘It’s not called a panic attack … get me some oxygen!'”

He says that he got out of the limo and got his “ducks in the row” with the help of whiskey.

“Entertainment’s a grueling little business,” he joked.

Watch the full interview below.