Luke Combs: ‘Getting 6 CMA Nominations Is Pretty Insane’
As we’ve reported yesterday (9/1), Luke Combs has been nominated for six awards at the 54th Annual CMA Awards: Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year (What You See Is What You Get ), Song of the Year (“Even Though I’m Leaving” performed by Combs and “I Hope You’re Happy Now” performed by Carly Pearce and Lee Brice), Male Vocalist of the Year and Single of the Year (“Beer Never Broke My Heart”).
Luke shared his thoughts on getting so many nods this year, “You know, you never really expect something like this when you move to Nashville. I mean, getting six CMA nominations is pretty insane. Two in the same category is just unbelievable, especially in a category that means so much to me, Song of the Year. And obviously, being in the conversation for Entertainer of the Year for the first time is such a huge deal, and having a seat at the table with Carrie and Miranda and Keith and Eric, people who I view as so far above me in this industry, it’s just an honor. I’m just really thankful and really humbled.”
Being nominated as a songwriter is a big deal to Combs, who told us, “It’s really crazy being nominated as a songwriter for the first time, not only for Song of the Year- I mean we won last year with ‘Beautiful Crazy’ which was a dream come true, but being nominated for a song I didn’t put out myself, the Carly Pearce and Lee Brice duet ‘I Hope You’re Happy Now’ with Carly and with Jonathan (Singleton) and Randy (Montana), is a huge moment for me as a guy who moved to town wanting to write songs and wanting to kind of maybe get some recognition for that.”
And as for the big Album of the Year nomination, Luke was a bit floored, “I remember watching Eric Church win for Chief a number of years ago, and how much I love that album and how much it meant to me as an aspiring artist-songwriter at that time and just thinking, ‘Man, maybe one day I can make something that would even be considered for that.’”
The CMA Awards will air live from Nashville on November 11, 2020.