CMA Awards 2022 Recap: Luke Combs, Cody Johnson, Lainey Wilson big winners

NASHVILLE — A big win for country star Luke Combs at Nashville’s biggest night, the CMA Awards. For the second year in a row, Combs took home the grand prize and was named Entertainer of the Year.

Combs ended his acceptance speech with a message about the state of the industry, saying, “This is my fifth or sixth year of being at this awards show, and country sounded more national tonight than it has in a long time.”

Combs beat fellow nominees Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood and Morgan Wallen. He also took home the Album of the Year award for “Growing Up.”

Lainey Wilson was a two-time CMA winner this year. She has been a singer-songwriter for more than a decade but was also named New Artist of the Year at the 56th CMA Awards. Wilson also took home the Female Singer of the Year trophy.

“This is hands down the biggest and best night of my entire life,” Wilson said. “It’s starting to pay off. All that hard work. I wrote my first song when I was 9 years old. And here we are 20 years later. I don’t know if every artist feels it because I feel like it does People do want to cheer me on and see me win, so I don’t take that lightly.”

Cody Johnson also took home two awards: Video of the Year and Single of the Year. Backstage, he said: “It took 15 years. For those of you who don’t know my story, I know what it’s like to be hungry… and still play shows and have a wife who has two jobs at home supporting you, and uh, I will not emotional! I just want to say thank you

Singer of the Year went to Chris Stapleton. It was the sixth time he received this award.

Old Dominion continues to dominate the CMA Vocal Group category. They’ve won it every year since 2018, and their win on Wednesday night marks their fifth straight trophy. The Osborne brothers have won Vocal Duo of the Year for the fifth time.

Alan Jackson was honored with the CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award.

“I’ve definitely been living the American dream,” Jackson said upon accepting his award. “And I’m still living that honky tonk dream, y’all.”

Country stars Dierks Bentley, Carrie Underwood, Jon Pardi and Lainey Wilson performed a tribute to the 64-year-old music legend.

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