Luke Combs Reveals That He Has Never Met Garth Brooks

Luke Combs and Garth Brooks were both big winners during Wednesday’s 2020 Billboard Music Awards, but somehow, even though they…


Lauren Jo Black

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October 15, 2020


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Luke Combs, Garth Brooks

Luke Combs and Garth Brooks were both big winners during Wednesday’s 2020 Billboard Music Awards, but somehow, even though they were in the same building, they have yet to meet.

Following his three Billboard Music Awards wins, Combs spoke with members of the media backstage where he opened up about the fact that he has never had a chance to meet Brooks.

“I have actually never met Garth Brooks and we’re here in the same building,” the “Better Together” singer shared. “I know he’s around somewhere. It’s not exactly the climate where I can go knock on the dressing room door though, so, unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll be happening tonight either.

Combs went on to share that he hopes to meet Brooks “one of these days” and explain the impact that the Icon Award winner has had on his musical journey.

“I think any artist, you know, I just turned 30 this year so I was born in 1990, kind of right at the beginning of Garth’s massive success, and I think any artist my age would tell you that he’s probably one of the biggest, if not the biggest influence on all of us as country singers,” Combs explained.

So what would he say to Brooks if he happened to run into him backstage? Combs isn’t quite sure.

“I don’t know what I would say to him, to be honest,” he said. “I’ve thought about it before and it’s just kind of like, what do you say? You know? Like you try to not be weird about how much of a fan you are.”

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Luke Combs took home three Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday: Top Country Artist, Top Country Male Artist and Top Country Album for his platinum-certified, global No. 1 record, What You See Is What You Get.

Garth Brooks was honored with the Icon Award, becoming one of only nine artists to ever receive the prestigious award, following Cher, Neil Diamond, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey.

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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.