Luke Combs and Brooks & Dunn Open 2020 CMT Music Awards With ‘1, 2 Many’ Performance

Luke Combs and Brooks & Dunn reunited for a performance of “1, 2 Many” to open the 2020 CMT Music…


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October 21, 2020


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Luke Combs and Brooks & Dunn; Photo by Getty Images for CMT

Luke Combs and Brooks & Dunn reunited for a performance of “1, 2 Many” to open the 2020 CMT Music Awards.

On Wednesday (Oct. 21), the country superstar joined forces once again with country legends Brooks & Dunn for a star-studded performance of their rowdy drinking song, “1, 2 Many.” The trio previously performed together during CMT Crossroads in 2019 and their Crossroads performance of “Brand New Man” is nominated for CMT Performance Of The Year.

“We did get a little prelim crossroads performance so we know it’s gonna be fun, just looking forward to it. His music is not unlike ours, so we’re not gonna try too hard, we’re just going to go out there and sling it I think,” Brooks said ahead of the performance.

“For me it’s like a total dream come true every time I’m with these guys at all so I mean it’s really awesome. I’m thankful that they are here to do it with me and I’m gonna have fun, for sure,” Combs added.

“1, 2 Many” appears on Combs’ 2019 album, What You See Is What You Get. The superstar is preparing to unleash the deluxe edition of the album on Friday (Oct. 23).

Combs is up for three nods, including Video Of The Year, Male Video Of The Year and the aforementioned CMT Performance Of The Year.

The 2020 CMT Music Awards aired Wednesday night (Oct. 21) on CMT and featured performances from Ashley McBryde, Dan + Shay, Jimmie Allen, Noah Cyrus, Kelsea Ballerini, Halsey, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Brooks & Dunn, Maren Morris, Kane Brown, Morgan Wallen, Sam Hunt and Shania Twain as well as debut performances by Caylee Hammack, HARDY, Ingrid Andress, Mickey Guyton, Riley Green and Travis Denning.

The show was co-hosted by Kane Brown alongside Ashley McBryde and Sarah Hyland.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.