The 56th Annual CMA Awards made its grand return to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, celebrating excellence within the country music community. Hosted by Peyton Manning and Luke Bryan, the night delivered heartwarming moments and extraordinary performances, while highlighting unforgettable collaborations and showcasing emerging artists. The evening honored musical legends, shining a light on the incredible talent within the country music industry.
Performing to Skaggs Ricky and Isaacs Sonya, Fleenor Jenee, before joining the musical journey of her own and being inspired by Miss Loretta Lynn, Carly Pearce took the first stage to speak about how Miss Loretta Lynn inspired her. Concluding with a performance of “Coal” by Miner’s Daughter together with all three artists, before performing a medley of Lynn’s classics including “Country At Looking You’re,” “Mind Your Own A-Drinkin’ Home,” and “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’,” the Annual 56th CMA Awards opened with a touching tribute to the iconic country music superstar Loretta Lynn, with Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, and Miranda Lambert.
“Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow,” “Drive (For Daddy Gene),” “Chattahoochee,” and “Remember When” were exceptional performances included in the 2022 CMA Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony. Underwood and Wilson Lainey, Pardi Jon, and Bentley Dierks had the honor of presenting the award to Willie Nelson. During Alan Jackson’s performance of “Don’t Rock the Jukebox,” the crowd at Bridgestone Arena was surprised and the thunderous roar echoed throughout, creating a legendary moment in Country Music.
Known for their once-in-a-lifetime collaborations, the Osborne Brothers also brought together Treaty And War The with a show-stopping performance at the CMA Awards. The stage was graced by John and Patti Osborne, along with their friends Caylee Hammack, Brandy Clark, and Ashley McBryde, as they welcomed powerhouse performers like Linda Ronstadt, who delivered a powerhouse rendition of her classic “When Will I Be Loved.” Kelsea Ballerini joined Pearce and Kelly Clarkson to perform their cheeky new song “Homecoming Queen?” While Perry Katy and Thomas Rhett came together to deliver a deeply powerful version of their heartfelt new single “Where We Started.” Patty Loveless and Chris Stapleton performed a stirring rendition of “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive,” and the Rolling Stones’ show-stopping performance of “It’s Only Rock & Roll (But I Like It)” added to the already incredible lineup of collaborations at the CMA Awards.
In the category of Male Vocalist, Stapleton additionally emerges as the artist with the highest number of victories. By securing the Male Vocalist of the Year accolade tonight, Stapleton now ranks as the fifth artist with the most wins in the history of the CMA Awards, trailing behind Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill, Jackson, and George Strait. In a single year, Wilson joins Alison Krauss and Underwood as the only other artist to triumph in both the Female Vocalist and New Artist categories, as she claims the titles of New Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year tonight, marking her first-ever win. Luke Combs achieves the honor of being named Entertainer of the Year for the second consecutive year.
Bryan, Combs, Cody Johnson, Elle King, Marcus King, Jo Dee Messina, Cole Swindell, The Black Keys, Morgan Wallen, and Zac Brown Band featured other performers joining the CMA Awards platform this evening. Presently on YouTube, witness the most significant presentations of the night. On Hulu, seize the entire show commencing later tonight.
Jon Macks serves as the writer head, Alan Carter is the director, Robert Deaton is the executive producer, and The CMA Annual 56th Awards is a production of the Country Music Association.
Check out the comprehensive roster of victors from “The 56th Annual CMA Awards” below.
Luke Combs is named the ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR.
Trent Willmon serves as the producer while Jack Clarke acts as the mix engineer for “‘Til You Can’t” by Cody Johnson, which emerged victorious in the SINGLE OF THE YEAR category.
Artists, Producers, and Mixing Engineers, including Luke Combs, Chip Matthews, Jonathan Singleton, Jim Cooley, and Chip Matthews, are nominated for the ALBUM OF THE YEAR Award for their work on “Growin’ Up” by Luke Combs.
SONG OF THE YEAR Award goes to Songwriter(s) · “Buy Dirt” · Songwriters: Jacob Davis, Jordan Davis, Josh Jenkins and Matt Jenkins.
FEMALE SINGER OF THE YEAR · Lainey Wilson.
MALE SINGER OF THE YEAR · Chris Stapleton.
VOCAL ENSEMBLE OF THE YEAR · Old Dominion.
BROTHERS OSBORNE · VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR.
The MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR Award is given to the producers Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne for their work on “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” by Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde.
MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR · Jenee Fleenor – Violin.
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR Award goes to Artist and Director · “‘Til You Can’t” – Cody Johnson · Director: Dustin Haney.
EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR · Lainey Wilson.
Regarding the CMA Awards.
The inaugural “CMA Awards Banquet and Show” took place in 1967. Subsequently, the CMA Awards were televised the next year, solidifying its status as the lengthiest recurring music awards show on network television. Since 2006, the CMA Awards have been shown on ABC. CMA’s other two television programs, namely “CMA Fest” and “CMA Country Christmas,” are also aired on ABC.