Country icon Chris Stapleton accepted the Male Vocalist of the Year Award at the 56th CMA Awards. While Stapleton had a long list of people to thank for his wild success, he made sure to sneak in a “happy birthday” message for his 12-year-old daughter Ada.
“Well, okay! Man, thank you so much for this — thank you. It means so much I got an award from my friends back here,” said Stapleton in his acceptance speech. “I was sitting over there and all the guys in the category all deserve this award, everybody’s killing it and I’m just honored to be in the country music community. I promised my daughter if I got up here — it’s her birthday tonight — so, Ada, happy birthday. She’s twelve tonight. I love you, baby. This one’s for you!”
Eric Church, Luke Combs, Cody Johnson and Morgan Wallen were also nominated in this category.
Stapleton headlined the “Kentucky Rising” benefit concert that brought in well over $2.5 million for victims of the recent floods that have ravaged communities in parts of Kentucky in October, bringing out Pattly Loveless for an epic performance. Chris and Patty gave fans an encore that didn’t disappoint at Nashville’s Bridgestone arena tonight (Nov. 9).
The pair took the stage to give a performance of “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive.” Penned by Darrell Scott, the track was originally recorded by Loveless for her 2001 album, Mountain Soul.
The “Tennessee Whiskey” singer was also nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Single of the Year and Song of the Year for “You Should Probably Leave” and Music Video of the Year for his feature on “I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault).”
Stapleton is set to join George Strait on his 2023 stadium tour, featuring six major stadium shows. The one-off stadium dates will kick off in Glendale, AZ at State Farm Stadium on May 6, 2023, and will wrap up in Tampa, FL at Raymond James Stadium on August 5, 2023.
The 56th Annual CMA Awards featured performances from Luke Combs, Morgan Wallen, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Cole Swindell, Cody Johnson, and Carly Pearce.
The show opened with an all-star tribute to the late Loretta Lynn from Underwood, Reba McEntire and Lambert.
Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Jon Pardi, and Lainey Wilson joined together to honor the 2022 CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Alan Jackson.
Additionally, the show included star-studded collaborations from Kelsea Ballerini, Kelly Clarkson and Carly Pearce, HARDY and Lainey Wilson, Elle King with The Black Keys, Brothers featuring The War and Treaty, Thomas Rhett and Katy Perry, Chris Stapleton with Patty Loveless, Zac Brown Band, Jimmie Allen and Marcus King as well as Ashley McBryde with Pillbox Patti, Brandy Clark, Caylee Hammack and John Osborne.
Mookie Betts, BRELAND, Jessica Chastain, Jordan Davis, Sarah Drew, Cole Hauser, Tyler Hubbard, Wynonna Judd, Lady A, Rex Linn, Little Big Town, Parker McCollum, Reba McEntire, Ben and Erin Napier, Jeannie Seely, Michael Shannon, and Lainey Wilson were on hand to present during the ceremony.
Co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning, the 2022 CMA Awards broadcasted live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and aired on ABC (8:00-11:00 PM/ET).
The CMA Awards will also be available for viewing on Hulu beginning Thursday, Nov. 10.
The 56th Annual CMA Awards was a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton served as the Executive Producer, Alan Carter as the Director, and Jon Macks as the Head Writer.