Luke Combs: CMT Artist of the Year

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With his easygoing manner, camo baseball cap, button-up work shirt and blue jeans, Luke Combs doesn’t come across like superstar. And he’s pretty sure he doesn’t feel like one yet. “I don’t feel any different, you know, than anybody else,” he tells CMT.

“I certainly don’t try to act any different than anybody else. And I think that’s been the neatest thing. You’re kind of living in these parallel universes where you’re either at home on the couch or you’re onstage in front of 30,000 people. . . . You can go from the absolute most tranquil thing you could ever do to the most intense experience you could ever have in the matter of a couple hours.”
His fans see this CMT Artist of the Year clearly, though, for the monumental talent he’s become. They’ve given him three No. 1 singles in the same year, filled over a million arena seats and kept his This One’s for You album at or near the top of the country albums chart for 122 straight weeks.

And there’s more. He’s the first star since Johnny Cash set the record in 1959 to have five songs at once in the Top 25 on Billboard’s Hot Country Song chart. His “Brand New Man” collaboration with Brooks & Dunn is up for the CMA musical event of the year prize, and he’s also in the running for the top male vocalist and song of the year (“Beautiful Crazy”) honors.

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