From North Carolina to Nashville, Luke Combs is taking nation music by storm.
Combs opened this yr’s CMT Artists of the Yr occasion with a efficiency of his hit single, “Eternally After All” — impressed by the wedding to his longtime associate Nicole Hocking in August 2020.
After an introduction by Woman A’s Dave Haywood, Hillary Scott, and Charles Kelley, Comb’s meteoric rise was recapped in a video the place the singer confessed that “music was all the time a spot that I may go to flee. So I needed to have the ability to give that to anyone else. The information, and the quantity ones, and no matter else comes together with it, that’s simply icing on the cake.”
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“I simply needed to place out music that I felt folks would love,” he added. “Folks want music proper now greater than they ever have.”
Comb’s buddy and fellow nation music star, Eric Church despatched a heartfelt video message saying that “by any definition, his music has made him a licensed celebrity.”
Then when the “Chilly As You” singer took the stage to just accept his award, he began off by saying, “Thanks to the followers, thanks to everyone sitting on this room, my stunning spouse who couldn’t be right here tonight… Everyone on this room who pushes me to be higher.”
Combs then shouted out nation music legend Randy Travis, who was there to just accept the “Artist of a Lifetime” award, and informed him, “Simply to have a small fraction of the influence on nation music like you’ve is unimaginable.”
Combs closed out his emotional acceptance speech by saying he didn’t really feel like he was worthy of the distinction: “I truthfully don’t really feel like I deserve this,” he mentioned. “That is for the followers, that is for nation music, that is for everyone. I really like you guys, thanks for letting me do what I do.”
Watch Combs’ emotional efficiency of “Eternally After All” within the video under.