She got her first awards-show 'thank you' from Kenny Chesney when he took home the CMA Entertainer of the Year trophy last night -- but who exactly is Kenny's assistant, Cheryl?

She's Cheryl Bevis, and in a 2002 Tennessean article called "Behind the Headshot," Kenny named Cheryl one of the five people/things he couldn't live without. (Interestingly, in this same article he cites the future former Mrs. Chesney, Renee Zellweger, under the category of his "Three Sexiest People." The couple would marry and split in 2005 ).

As to the more enduring relationship he's had with Cheryl, Kenny says, "She does everything for me, especially when I'm on the road, so I can think I have a life. Cheryl's always in a good mood, and she likes me when I'm in a bad mood."

Fans may remember Kenny's 40th birthday party this past March, when he received his "favorite birthday present ever," a leather-bound book filled with letters from friends such as NFL quarterback Peyton Manning and 'Desperate Housewives' star Eva Longoria-Parker. It was Cheryl who put the book together for Kenny.

Cheryl was also the one-time president of Aaron Tippin's fan club.

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    Singer Kid Rock performs at the 42nd Country Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee, November 12 , 2008. REUTERS/Tami Chappell (UNITED STATES)

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    Singer Taylor Swift performs at the 42nd Country Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee, November 12 , 2008. REUTERS/Tami Chappell (UNITED STATES)

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    Singer Taylor Swift performs at the 42nd Country Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee, November 12 , 2008. REUTERS/Tami Chappell (UNITED STATES)

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    Brad Paisley, right, and Keith Urban leave the stage at the 42nd Annual CMA Awards on Wednesday Nov. 12, 2008 in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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    Singer Taylor Swift performs at the 42nd Annual CMA Awards on Wednesday Nov. 12, 2008 in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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    Singer Taylor Swift performs at the 42nd Annual CMA Awards on Wednesday Nov. 12, 2008 in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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    Brad Paisley, right, and Keith Urban leave the stage at the 42nd Annual CMA Awards on Wednesday Nov. 12, 2008 in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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    The group Rascal Flatts accepts the award for "Vocal Group of the Year" at the 42nd Country Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee, November 12 , 2008. REUTERS/Tami Chappell (UNITED STATES)

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    Singers Heidi Newfield and John Rich present an award during the 42nd Country Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee November 12, 2008. REUTERS/Tami Chappell (UNITED STATES)

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    Singer Rodney Atkins performs at the 42nd Country Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee, November 12 , 2008. REUTERS/Tami Chappell (UNITED STATES)

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