The Country Music Awards, which see the most grounded and ingrained musical genres take their annual chance to celebrate their most successful artists, took place in Nashville tonight. Hosted by vocalist Luke Bryan and Professional Charisma Machine Peyton Manning, the awards were, as always, a good way to gauge the temperature of country music this year. And in 2022, all meters are pointed to Luke Combs and newcomer Lainey Wilson, who both cleaned up tonight’s awards.
Combs was the big winner of the night, picking up awards for Artist of the Year and Album of the Year for his third studio album, Growing up. The album reached the top of the Billboard country charts and found itself in a unique position to top the entire Hot 200 lists; so it’s no surprise that he tops the charts tonight as well. Wilson, meanwhile, took home both Female Vocalist of the Year and New Artist – last year’s double say what i think and this year bell bottom country clearly securing his place as a rising talent on the scene.
Lainey Wilson – Heart Like A Truck (Official Music Video)
Other winners of tonight’s awards include Cody Johnson, who picked up two awards for “‘Til You Can’t”, Chris Stapleton as Male Vocalist of the Year, and, of course, all the viewers who managed to survive watching Peyton Manning make “jokes.”
You can see the full list of 2022 CMA winners below.
Artist of the Year: Luc Combes
Bachelor of the Year: “Until You Can’t Anymore”, Cody Johnson
Album of the Year: Growing upLuke Combs
Song of the Year: “Buy Dirt”, Jordan Davis with Luke Bryan
Female singer of the year: Lainey Wilson
Male Vocalist of the Year: Chris Stapleton
Vocal group of the year: Old Dominion
Vocal Duo of the Year: Osborne Brothers
Musical event of the year: “I never wanted to be that girl”, Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde
Musician of the Year: Jenee Fleenor, violin
Music Video of the Year: “Until You Can’t Anymore”, Cody Johnson
New Artist of the Year: Lainey Wilson
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