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 house the evening’s prime honor.
“I wish to thank nation music for making my goals come true,” Combs stated, dedicating the award to his spouse and new child youngster. 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 received album of the yr 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 Lady Sufficient,” “Don’t Come Residence A-Drinkin’” and “Coal Miner’s Daughter” as photos of Lynn have 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 nonetheless dwelling that honky tonk dream, y’all.”
Brothers Osborne received vocal duo of the yr and Outdated Dominion received the trophy for vocal group.
Chris Stapleton received male vocalist of the yr, his sixth win within the class. Bryan, Combs, Eric Church and Morgan Wallen have been additionally nominated.
“All the blokes 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 famous person Lainey Wilson was the main nominee with six nods, taking house trophies for brand spanking new artist and feminine vocalist.
Jordan Davis’ “Purchase Dust” received 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 Enviornment together with NFL nice Peyton Manning.
Becoming a member of nation’s largest stars for the night have 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 collection and offered Combs the evening’s prime honor.
Perry took the stage and carried out “The place We Began” with Thomas Rhett through the present.