Luke Combs was topped entertainer of the yr at Wednesday’s Nation Music Affiliation Awards, the second yr in a row that he’s taken residence the evening’s high honor.
“I need to thank nation music for making my goals come true,” Combs stated, 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.
“Nation is sounding extra nation than it has in a very long time tonight,” Combs stated. He additionally gained album of the yr for “Growin’ Up.”
The present opened with Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and Reba McEntire enjoying tribute to the late nation queen Loretta Lynn.
The celebrity trio carried out a medley of Lynn’s hits together with “You Ain’t Lady Sufficient,” “Don’t Come Residence A-Drinkin’” and “Coal Miner’s Daughter” as pictures of Lynn had been projected behind them and viewers members sang alongside.
Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert web page tribute to the late Loretta Lynn on the CMA Awards on Wednesday evening. Mark Humphrey/Invision/AP
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 nonetheless dwelling that honky tonk dream, y’all.”
Brothers Osborne gained vocal duo of the yr and Previous Dominion gained the trophy for vocal group.
John Osborne and T.J. Osborne of Brothers Osborne gained vocal duo of the yr on Wednesday evening.Mark Humphrey/Invision/AP
Chris Stapleton gained male vocalist of the yr, his sixth win within the class. Bryan, Combs, Eric Church and Morgan Wallen had been additionally nominated.
“All the fellows on this class deserve this award,” Stapleton stated.
He devoted the honour to his 12-year-old daughter, who’s birthday was Wednesday.
Rising nation celebrity Lainey Wilson was the main nominee with six nods, taking residence trophies for brand new artist and feminine vocalist.
Lainey Wilson, nominated for six awards, gained new artist and feminine vocalist.Mark Humphrey/Invision/AP
Jordan Davis’ “Purchase Filth” gained track of the yr. The track featured CMA Awards host Luke Bryan, who Davis referred to as to the stage to hug.
Bryan co-hosted the present at Bridgestone Area together with NFL nice Peyton Manning.
Becoming a member of nation’s largest stars for the night had been Katy Perry and actors Jessica Chastain and Michael Shannon, who’re enjoying Tammy Wynette and George Jones in an upcoming Showtime restricted sequence and offered Combs the evening’s high honor.
Perry took the stage and carried out “The place We Began” with Thomas Rhett throughout the present.