January 31, 2023
The 56th Annual CMA Awards - Press Room
Entertainer of the Yr and Album of the Yr winner Luke Combs poses within the press room throughout the 56th Annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Enviornment on Nov. 9, 2022 in Nashville.

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Nashville — Luke Combs was once topped entertainer of the yr at Wednesday’s Nation Track Affiliation Awards, the second one yr in a row that he is taken house the evening’s most sensible honor.

“I need to thank nation track for making my desires come true,” Combs stated, dedicating the award to his spouse and new child kid. His win got here after a performance-packed 3 hour display that venerated nation icons and new voices.

“Nation is sounding extra nation than it has in a very long time this night,” Combs stated. He additionally received album of the yr for “Growin’ Up.”

The display opened with Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and Reba McEntire enjoying tribute to the overdue nation queen Loretta Lynn.

The famous person trio carried out a medley of Lynn’s hits together with “You Ain’t Lady Sufficient,” “Do not Come House A-Drinkin'” and “Coal Miner’s Daughter” as pictures of Lynn had been projected at the back of them and target market participants sang alongside.

Rock pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis, who like Lynn died remaining month, was once venerated with a fiery tribute by means of Elle King and the Black Keys.

Alan Jackson accredited the lifetime fulfillment award, recounting how a film about Hank Williams impressed him to transport to Nashville when he was once flat broke. He teared up throughout his speech, finishing it by means of telling the target market, “I am nonetheless residing that honky tonk dream, y’all.”

Brothers Osborne received vocal duo of the yr and Outdated Dominion received the trophy for vocal team.

Chris Stapleton received male vocalist of the yr, his 6th win within the class. Bryan, Combs, Eric Church and Morgan Wallen had been additionally nominated.

“All of the guys on this class deserve this award,” Stapleton stated.

He devoted the consideration to his 12-year-old daughter, who is birthday was once Wednesday.

Rising nation famous person Lainey Wilson was once the main nominee with six nods, taking house trophies for brand new artist and feminine vocalist.

Jordan Davis’ “Purchase Dust” received tune of the yr. The tune featured CMA Awards host Luke Bryan, who Davis known as to the level to hug.

Bryan co-hosted the display at Bridgestone Enviornment in conjunction with NFL nice Peyton Manning.

Becoming a member of nation’s largest stars for the night time 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 most sensible honor.

Perry took the level and carried out “The place We Began” with Thomas Rhett throughout the display.

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