Luke Combs and Leon Bridges Take Home CMT Performance of the Year Trophy
The CMT Music Awards, dubbed “Nashville’s biggest party,” are known for embracing collaborations of different genres. So when this year’s…
Leon Bridges and Luke Combs; Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images
The CMT Music Awards, dubbed “Nashville’s biggest party,” are known for embracing collaborations of different genres. So when this year’s ceremony kicked off on Wednesday evening, it was already a given that one unlikely musical pairing would take home the crown for CMT Performance of the Year.
That award went out to country superstar Luke Combs and soul singer Leon Bridges for their CMT Crossroads collaboration of Combs’ No. 1 hit “Beautiful Crazy” from the deluxe version of his 2017 debut album, This One’s For You.
The Performance of the Year award usually crowns past musical performances featured on the CMT network. Along with Combs and Bridges, other nominees included Boyz II Men and Brett Young, Maren Morris and Brandi Carlile, Brett Eldredge and Meghan Trainor, Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman and Gladys Knight and Zac Brown Band and Shawn Mendes.
“My beautiful fiancée Nicole [Hocking], thank you for inspiring this song,” Combs, who collected the trophy from presenters Bobby Bones and JWoww, said before thanking co-writers, Wyatt Durrette and Robert Williford.
“Thank you so much CMT, thank you Crossroads for bringing this dope pack together,” Bridges added.
Speaking of musical pairings, this year’s lineup of performances was the largest ever in the history of the CMT Awards. The star-studded jamboree included unlikely duets by Brandi Carlile and Tanya Tucker, Boys II Men and Brett Young and more. Aside from winning the CMT Performance of the Year hardware, Combs was also nominated for CMT Video of the Year for his smash, “She Got the Best of Me.”
Melinda Lorge is a Nashville-based freelance writer who specializes in covering country music. Along with Country Now, her work has appeared in publications, including Rare Country, Rolling Stone Country, Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, Wide Open Country and more. After joining Rare Country in early 2016, Lorge was presented with the opportunity to lead coverage on late-night television programs, including “The Voice” and “American Idol,” which helped her to sharpen her writing skills even more. Lorge earned her degree at Middle Tennessee State University, following the completion of five internships within the country music industry. She has an undeniable love for music and entertainment. When she isn’t living and breathing country music, she can be found enjoying time outdoors with family and friends.