Luke Combs wins CMAs again

Luke Combs wins CMAs again

Luke Combs, winner of Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year, poses in the press room during the 56th Annual CMA Awards on November 9, 2022 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Getty Pictures

Luke Combs was named performer of the year at the Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday, marking the second consecutive year that he has won the evening’s top prize.

Combs dedicated the prize to his wife and newborn child, stating, “I’d like to thank country music for making my dreams come true.” His victory came after a three-hour performance-packed evening that recognized country legends and fresh voices.

Tonight, country music sounds more country than it has in a long time, according to Combs. Additionally, he won album of the year for “Growing Up.”

Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, and Reba McEntire opened the event by paying tribute to the late country queen Loretta Lynn.

The celebrity trio played a medley of Lynn’s hits, including “You Ain’t Woman Enough,” “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’,” and “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” while images of Lynn were shown behind them and the audience sang along.

Rock pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis, who, like Lynn, passed away last month, was honored by Elle King and the Black Keys with a searing homage.

Alan Jackson, in accepting the prize for lifetime achievement, related how a film about Hank Williams encouraged him to travel to Nashville when he was penniless. During his address, he shed tears and concluded by assuring the audience, “I’m still living the honky tonk dream.”

Old Dominion won the medal for vocal group, while Brothers Osborne got the trophy for vocal pair.

Chris Stapleton has won male vocalist of the year for the sixth time. Additionally, Bryan, Combs, Eric Church, and Morgan Wallen were nominated.

“Everyone in this category deserves this honor,” stated Stapleton.

Wednesday was the birthday of his 12-year-old daughter, to whom he dedicated the honor.

Emerging country sensation Lainey Wilson had the most nominations, six, and won the awards for new artist and female vocalist.

“Buy Dirt” by Jordan Davis won song of the year. Davis summoned CMA Awards host Luke Bryan on the stage to embrace him during the song’s performance.

Together with NFL legend Peyton Manning, Bryan co-hosted the concert at Bridgestone Arena.

Katy Perry, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Shannon, who portray Tammy Wynette and George Jones in an upcoming Showtime limited series and presented Combs with the evening’s highest honor, joined the evening’s biggest country artists.

During the performance, Perry performed “Where We Started” with Thomas Rhett.

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