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Luke Combs grabs top honors at CMAs for second straight year

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Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year winner Luke Combs poses within the press room throughout the 56th Annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 9, 2022 in Nashville.

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Nashville — Luke Combs was topped entertainer of the year at Wednesday’s Country Music Association Awards, the second year in a row that he is taken residence the night time’s top honor.

“I want to thank country music for making my dreams come true,” Combs mentioned, dedicating the award to his spouse and new child little one. His win got here after a performance-packed three hour present that honored nation icons and new voices.

“Country is sounding more country than it has in a long time tonight,” Combs mentioned. He additionally received album of the year for “Growin’ Up.”

The present opened with Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and Reba McEntire taking part in tribute to the late nation queen Loretta Lynn.

The famous person trio carried out a medley of Lynn’s hits together with “You Ain’t Woman Enough,” “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin'” and “Coal Miner’s Daughter” as pictures of Lynn had been projected behind them and viewers members sang alongside.

Rock pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis, who like Lynn died final month, was honored with a fiery tribute by Elle King and the Black Keys.

Alan Jackson accepted the lifetime achievement award, recounting how a film about Hank Williams impressed him to maneuver to Nashville when he was flat broke. He teared up throughout his speech, ending it by telling the viewers, “I’m still living that honky tonk dream, y’all.”

Brothers Osborne received vocal duo of the year and Old Dominion received the trophy for vocal group.

Chris Stapleton received male vocalist of the year, his sixth win within the class. Bryan, Combs, Eric Church and Morgan Wallen had been additionally nominated.

“All the guys in this category deserve this award,” Stapleton mentioned.

He devoted the glory to his 12-year-old daughter, who’s birthday was Wednesday.

Emerging nation famous person Lainey Wilson was the main nominee with six nods, taking residence trophies for new artist and feminine vocalist.

Jordan Davis’ “Buy Dirt” received music of the year. The music featured CMA Awards host Luke Bryan, who Davis referred to as to the stage to hug.

Bryan co-hosted the present at Bridgestone Arena together with NFL nice Peyton Manning.

Joining nation’s greatest stars for the night had been Katy Perry and actors Jessica Chastain and Michael Shannon, who’re taking part in Tammy Wynette and George Jones in an upcoming Showtime restricted sequence and introduced Combs the night time’s top honor.

Perry took the stage and carried out “Where We Started” with Thomas Rhett throughout the present.

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