Country Music’s Biggest Night™ Delivers Unforgettable Collaborations While Honoring Loretta Lynn with Multiple Tributes and Celebrating Alan Jackson’s Lifetime Achievement Award
Luke Combs Receives the Top Honor of CMA Entertainer of the Year, While Lainey Wilson Wins CMA New Artist of the Year
Luke Combs Receives the Top Honor of CMA Entertainer of the Year for a Second Consecutive Year, While Lainey Wilson Wins CMA New Artist of the Year
Luke Combs, Cody Johnson and Lainey Wilson Tie for the Evening’s Most Wins, Taking Home Two Awards Each
Watch CMA Awards Performances on YouTube, and Catch the Full Show Later Tonight on Hulu
NASHVILLE — “The 56th Annual CMA Awards” made its grand return to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena this evening, honoring musical legends, showcasing emerging artists, and highlighting unforgettable collaborations, all while celebrating excellence within Country Music. Hosted by Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning, Country Music’s Biggest Night™ delivered extraordinary performances and heartwarming moments, shining a light on a community like no other.
With a touching tribute to the iconic Loretta Lynn, Country Music superstars Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood opened “The 56th Annual CMA Awards,” performing a medley of Lynn’s classics that included “You Ain’t Woman Enough,” “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind),” and “You’re Looking At Country,” before concluding with all three artists coming together to perform “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” Carly Pearcelater took the stage, first speaking to how Lynn inspired and mirrored her own musical journey before being joined by Musician of the Year winner Jenee Fleenor, Sonya Isaacs, and Ricky Skaggs to perform Pearce’s original song, “Dear Miss Loretta.”
A thunderous roar echoed throughout Bridgestone Arena the moment Country Music legend Alan Jacksonsurprised the crowd by performing his hit “Don’t Rock the Jukebox.” Dierks Bentley, Jon Pardi, Lainey Wilson and Underwood were on hand to honor the 2022 CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award recipient with exceptional performances of Jackson’s greatest hits including “Remember When,” “Chattahoochee,” “Drive (For Daddy Gene),” and “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow.”
Known for its once-in-a-lifetime collaborations, the CMA Awards also brought Brothers Osborne together with The War And Treaty for a show-stopping performance of the Rolling Stones’ “It’s Only Rock & Roll (But I Like It),” while Chris Stapleton and Patty Loveless performed a stirring rendition of “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive.” Ashley McBryde welcomed friends Brandy Clark, Caylee Hammack, Pillbox Patti, and John Osborne to the stage for a powerhouse performance of Linda Ronstadt’s classic “When Will I Be Loved,” while Kelsea Ballerini was joined by friends Kelly Clarkson and Pearce for a cheeky performance of their new song “YOU’RE DRUNK, GO HOME.” Thomas Rhett and Katy Perry came together to perform their heartfelt new single, “Where We Started,” while HARDY and Wilson performed a deeply powerful version of their collaboration “wait in the truck.”
For a second consecutive year, Luke Combs took home Entertainer of the Year. First-time winner tonight, Wilson took home New Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year, joining Alison Krauss and Underwood as the only other artist to win both Female Vocalist and New Artist in a single year. Stapleton becomes the fifth most-winning artist in CMA Awards history with tonight’s Male Vocalist of the Year win, behind Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill, Jackson and George Strait. Stapleton also becomes the most-winning artist in the Male Vocalist category.
Additional artists taking the CMA Awards stage tonight included Bryan, Combs, Cody Johnson, Elle King, Marcus King, Jo Dee Messina, Cole Swindell, The Black Keys, Morgan Wallen, and Zac Brown Band. Watch the evening’s biggest performances now at YouTube. Starting later tonight, catch the full show on Hulu.
Media can access video footage, photos and additional assets from “The 56th Annual CMA Awards” at CMApress.com.
“The 56th Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer, Alan Carter is the Director, and Jon Macks is the Head Writer.
See below for the complete list of winners from “The 56th Annual CMA Awards.”
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
• Luke Combs
SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Award goes to Artist, Producer and Mix Engineer
• “’Til You Can’t” – Cody Johnson
• Producer: Trent Willmon
• Mix Engineer: Jack Clarke
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Award goes to Artist, Producer(s) and Mix Engineer(s)
• Growin’ Up – Luke Combs
• Producers: Luke Combs, Chip Matthews, Jonathan Singleton
• Mix Engineers: Jim Cooley, Chip Matthews
SONG OF THE YEAR
Award goes to Songwriter(s)
• “Buy Dirt”
• Songwriters: Jacob Davis, Jordan Davis, Josh Jenkins and Matt Jenkins
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
• Lainey Wilson
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
• Chris Stapleton
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
• Old Dominion
VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
• Brothers Osborne
MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
Award goes to Artist(s) and Producer(s)
• “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” – Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde
• Producers: Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne
MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
• Jenee Fleenor, Fiddle
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Award goes to Artist and Director
• “’Til You Can’t” – Cody Johnson
• Director: Dustin Haney
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
• Lainey Wilson
About the CMA Awards
The first “CMA Awards Banquet and Show” was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast for the first time – making it the longest running, annual music awards program on network television. The CMA Awards have aired on ABC since 2006. ABC is the network home of the CMA Awards and CMA’s other two television properties, “CMA Fest” and “CMA Country Christmas.”
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|The legendary singer-songwriter’s version of the 1970 Van Morrison classic is available now|
Tour dates on August 21 with Steve Miller Band and August 22 with Judy Collins are on sale now
|August 20, 2021 (Los Angeles, CA): Legendary singer songwriter Jesse Colin Younghas released his rendition of Van Morrison’s 1970 classic “These Dreams of You” today, Friday, August 20. The brand new single can be found on all streaming and digital music platforms: https://fanlink.to/jcy-tdoy|
“’These Dreams of You’ is a tongue in cheek look at relationships gone really wrong, and I couldn’t resist a good shuffle,” said Young.
Check out the brand new view HERE or below:
|In support of this release, Jesse Colin Young is set to perform tomorrow, August 21alongside Steve Miller at the Never Forget Concert at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY which will benefit the Tunnels to Towers Foundation. Honoring the 20th Anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the event will also feature Journey, John Fogerty, Ann Wilson, and many more. To purchase tickets or find more information, please click HERE.|
Young will be performing at the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood Music Centerin Lenox, MA on August 22 with longtime friend Judy Collins. Tickets start at $24 and can be purchased HERE.
|In late 2020, Young released his 22nd solo album, Highway Troubadour, via BMG. Highway Troubadour marks the first truly solo acoustic record for Young since his debut album, 1964’s The Soul of a City Boy.|
Recorded with just two AEA A440 ribbon microphones to capture warmth – one for his voice, and one for his guitar – Highway Troubadour features newly-recorded solo performances of songs from Jesse Colin Young’s entire catalog, including a revised take on the Youngbloods’ “Sugar Babe” and an intimate version of “Cast a Stone” from his critically-acclaimed 2019 release, Dreamers.
Critics are loving Highway Troubadour:
“…these reimagined songs, filled with so much warmth and love, transcend the road-weary travels of a folk troubadour to reveal the resiliency of the human spirit.”-Acoustic Guitar
“He’s singing to us with his warm vocals, his cascading fingerpicking, and we’re sure happy that Jesse Colin Young is still riding the highways as our troubadour.”-Folk Alley
“…he’s still the folkie he always was, loaded with warmth and inclusiveness well before they became the buzzwords they are now.”-Midwest Record
“…when he was finally able to make a return to music last year with Dreamers, his first album in 13 years, his return to music made his life feel fully complete. Now, with a new project, tellingly-titled Highway Troubadour, a circle is complete as well.”-Rock and Roll Globe
For more information on Jesse Colin Young, please visit www.jessecolinyoung.com.
|About Jesse Colin Young|
|A pioneer of American roots music for more than half a century, Jesse Colin Young has left a unique mark on the intersecting worlds of folk, blues, jazz, country, and rock & roll. As the front man of the Youngbloods, he immortalized the ideals of the Woodstock generation with “Get Together,” an international hit that called for peace and brotherhood during the turbulent 1960s. During the decades that followed, Young expanded both his audience and his artistic range, releasing a string of solo albums that mixed socially conscious lyrics with top-tier guitar skills and gorgeous vocals. An acclaimed songwriter, singer, instrumentalist, producer, label owner, podcast host, and longtime social/environmental activist, he has established a permanent place in America’s musical landscape, while continuing to make modern music that’s every bit as vital as his work during the countercultural era.|