Luke Combs Named Nashville Songwriter Awards’ Songwriter-Artist of the Year

Luke Combs has another trophy to add to his ever-growing collection. The superstar was just revealed as the recipient of…


Lauren Jo Black

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September 30, 2020

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Luke Combs has another trophy to add to his ever-growing collection.

The superstar was just revealed as the recipient of the Nashville Songwriter Awards’ Songwriter-Artist of the Year Award for the second consecutive year.

Billboard was the first to report the news and also revealed that Ashley Gorley was named the Songwriter of the Year.

Combs has enjoyed unprecedented success since bursting on to the country music scene in 2016 with his debut hit, “Hurricane.” Since then, the North Carolina native has gone on to the release nine consecutive No.1 hits.

According to Billboard, the Songwriter-Artist of the Year Award is determined by “a mathematical formula that takes into account the percentage of a Nashville-associated song the artist recorded that he/she is credited with writing and the song’s performance on a week to week basis in the Top 20 of the Billboard Country Airplay Chart, Billboard Pop Songs Chart, Billboard Christian Airplay Chart or Billboard Rock Airplay Chart.” The dates considered for the award include May 1, 2019 through April 30, 2020.

Combs’ chart-topping hits “Beautiful Crazy,”  “Beer Never Broke My Heart,”  “Does to Me,” and “Even Though I’m Leaving” were each released during the eligibility period.

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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.