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6 standout moments from the 2022 CMA Awards

The 56th Country Music Assn. Awards introduced nation music’s most interesting to the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday.

Co-hosted by music celebrity Luke Bryan and NFL vet Peyton Manning, the three-hour ABC telecast was full of performances paying tribute to previous and current country-music legends. (And no, Maren Morris didn’t attend.)

Here’s a recap of the evening’s largest moments:

Salutes to Loretta Lynn and Jerry Lee Lewis

Superstars Carrie Underwood and Reba McEntire opened the present with a glittering tribute to late country-music legend Loretta Lynn, who died final month at 90.

Underwood sang “You Ain’t Woman Enough,” Lambert carried out “Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’,” and McEntire sang “You’re Looking at Country.” The trio then carried out Lynn’s iconic hit “Coal Miner’s Daughter” as pictures of them with Lynn had been displayed behind them.

Rock pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis, who additionally died final month, was honored with a fiery tribute by Elle King and the Black Keys.

All eyes on Miranda Lambert

Brendan McLoughlin, left, and Miranda Lambert arrive on the 56th CMA Awards on Wednesday.

(Evan Agostini / Invision / Associated Press)

Lambert, who celebrates her thirty ninth birthday Thursday, additionally carried out “Geraldene” throughout the telecast. But earlier than that, she turned heads on the pink carpet in a black and pink robe whereas accompanied by her husband, Brendan McLoughlin.

And on Carrie Underwood’s side-eye …

The “Before He Cheats” singer, who has hosted previous CMA Awards, turned the butt of a joke instructed by this 12 months’s co-hosts Bryan and Manning. During their opening monologue, Manning known as again to final 12 months’s present when Underwood’s side-eye response went viral. It was her response after a quip about vaccinations amid the scandal ignited by soccer star Aaron Rodgers’ stance in opposition to the COVID-19 vaccine that she and husband Mike Fisher supported.

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“Carrie Underwood and I have a lot in common,” Manning mentioned onstage to Bryan. “We both work with Brad Paisley. We’ve both been on Sunday Night Football a lot and we’re both very nervous about what Luke Bryan might say tonight.”

“Hell, even I’m nervous about what Luke Bryan might say tonight,” Bryan replied.

Alas, there have been no response photographs of Underwood throughout Wednesday’s present.

Alan Jackson receives a lifetime achievement award

After a number of tribute performances by Dierks Bentley, Jon Pardi and Lainey Wilson and one in all his personal, the “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” and three-time entertainer of the 12 months gave a heartfelt speech about how he began within the business with “three chords and a prayer.”

“Country music’s been real good to me and I fell in love with it when I was a young man. I really love the instruments, the steel guitars and the fiddles and things like that that gave it such a unique character to me and made it its own,” Alan Jackson mentioned.

“And I love the lyrics and the songs and the artists and the melodies and the harmonies. It’s just a real American music to me.”

The “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow” singer, 64, additionally thanked his spouse and household and shared {that a} Hank Williams film impressed him to maneuver to Nashville when he was broke.

“I’ve definitely lived the American dream,” he mentioned earlier than asking somebody handy him his trophy. “And I’m still living that honky tonk dream, y’all.”

Luke Combs wins entertainer of the 12 months for a second time

For the second 12 months in a row, Luke Combs was named entertainer of the 12 months — the present’s high honor — triumphing over Underwood, Lambert, Chris Stapleton and Morgan Wallen. The musician — whose No. 1 hits embody “Hurricane,” “When It Rains It Pours,” “One Number Away” and “She Got the Best of Me” — additionally received album of the 12 months for “Growin’ Up” throughout the ceremony.

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“I want to thank country music for making my dreams come true,” Combs mentioned, dedicating his award to his spouse and new child child. “Country is sounding more country than it has in a long time tonight.”

Wynonna Judd expresses her gratitude

A woman with red hair stands between two men onstage

John Osborne, left, and T.J. Osborn, proper, of Brothers Osborne, settle for the award for vocal duo of the 12 months from presenter Wynonna Judd throughout the 56th CMA Awards on Wednesday.

(Mark Humphrey / Invision / Associated Press)

Singer Wynonna Judd thanked the viewers within the enviornment and at residence for the “love and support” she and her household obtained following the loss of life of her mom, Naomi Judd, in April. (Judd died by suicide a day earlier than the duo was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and after saying a comeback tour.)

“These past six months have been a time to grieve and a time to be grateful,” she mentioned onstage earlier than presenting an award to vocal duo winners Brothers Osborne. “I am humbled and honored tonight to still have a seat at the table of country music. I have the opportunity of presenting the CMA Award for Duo, which Mom and I won seven times.”



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