'CMA Awards 2022: Artists honor Loretta Lynn; Alan Jackson

Artists honor Loretta Lynn; Alan Jackson

(AP) —

Luke Combs was crowned entertainer of the year at Wednesday’s Country Music Association Awards, the

“I want to

thank country music for making my dreams come true,” Combs said, dedicating the award

His win

came after a performance-packed three hour show that honored country icons and new voices

“Country is sounding

more country than it has in a long time tonight,” Combs said

The show opened

with Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and Reba McEntire playing tribute to the late country

Rock pioneer Jerry

Lee Lewis, who like Lynn died last month, was honored with a fiery tribute

Alan Jackson accepted the

lifetime achievement award, recounting how a movie about Hank Williams inspired him to

He teared

up during his speech, ending it by telling the audience, “I’m still living that

Brothers Osborne won

vocal duo of the year and Old Dominion won the trophy for vocal group

Chris Stapleton won

male vocalist of the year, his sixth win in the category

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