Stars packed Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, (Nov. 13) for The 53rd Annual CMA Awards. Shortly after a round of performances and a hilarious opening monologue by triple-threat co-hosts Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton, the Song of the Year trophy was given out.
The highly-coveted award, which honors songwriters for their artistic achievements in songwriting, went to Luke Combs, Wyatt B, Durrette III, and Robert Williford. The trio received the top prize for co-writing Combs’ smash hit “Beautiful Crazy.”
“I don’t know where to start,” Combs said emotionally, during his acceptance speech before mentioning his beautiful bride-to-be Nicole Hocking and turning the microphone over to his co-writers. “First off, I want to thank these guys for writing an incredible song with me, and my beautiful fiancée as the inspiration behind this song.”
Along with “Beautiful Crazy,” four other songs were represented in the category for Song of the Year: Blake Shelton’s “God’s Country,” Dan + Shay’s “Tequila,” Kacey Musgraves’ “Rainbow,” and Maren Morris’ “Girl.”
“Beautiful Crazy,” which achieved success through downloads and streaming before it became a single, is the bonus track featured on Combs’ 2017 debut album, This Ones For You.