Luke Combs Thanks Wife, Nicole, During CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Acceptance

Luke Combs and Nicole Hocking; Photo Courtesy CMA
Luke Combs, Nicole Hocking

The 2020 CMA Male Vocalist of the Year is Luke Combs!

The superstar received the honor during The 54th Annual CMA Awards on Wednesday evening (Nov. 11). It’s his second win in the category.

Combs took time to thank some of the most important people in his life and career during his speech.

“I never know what to say up here, I don’t write speeches for these things,” he explained from the stage. “Let me tell my beautiful wife thank you for always being there for me through thick and thin; my family, my parents … I talked to my Grandmom on the phone yesterday. Grandmom, I know you’re watching. I love you — I told you I’d say I love you if I won anything.”

Combs, who took home a win in the Album of the Year category earlier in the evening, went on the share his appreciation for the other nominees in the category.

“I don’t deserve this any more than anybody else in this category,” he said. “Especially this year has been so crazy, and I know everybody in this category worked their ass off.”

“I’m just lucky…”I wish we all could win,” he concluded.

Also nominated in the Male Vocalist of the Year category were Eric Church, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban.

The 54th Annual CMA Awards featured performances from Chris Stapleton, Rascal Flatts, Morgan Wallen, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Luke Combs, Darius Rucker, Eric Church, Jon Pardi, Keith Urban, Jimmie Allen, Ingrid Andress, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, Old Dominion and Kelsea Ballerini.

Additionally, the show included star-studded collaborations by Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber, Reba McEntire featuring Darius Rucker, Gabby Barrett and Charlie Puth, Carly Pearce with Charles Kelley as well as Thomas Rhett together with McEntire and Chris Tomlin. The show opener featured an all-star performance from Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne and Ashley McBryde paying tribute to the late Charlie Daniels.

Hosted by Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker, “Country Music’s Biggest Night” aired on Wednesday, November 11 (live 8:00-11:00 PM ET) on ABC.