Luke Combs’ ‘What You See Is What You Get’ Named Country Album of the Year at iHeartRadio Music Awards

Winners for the iHeartRadio Music Awards are being revealed throughout Labor Day Weekend. After the show was cancelled, iHeartradio announced…


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September 5, 2020


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Winners for the iHeartRadio Music Awards are being revealed throughout Labor Day Weekend. After the show was cancelled, iHeartradio announced plans to reveal the winners in various categories via on-air programming and social media posts.

On Friday evening, Luke Combs was announced as the winner in the Country Album of the Year category for his latest release, What You See Is What You Get.

The superstar appeared in a social media post to deliver his acceptance speech.

“I just wanna thank you all so much for Album of the Year,” he said. “It’s been pretty crazy.”

Combs went on to thank his team as well as everyone who worked on the album, including his producer, the songwriters, the musicians, etc.

The news comes just as Combs as revealed as one of the top nominees for the 54th Annual CMA Awards. He is currently nominated for six CMA awards, including Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year (What You See Is What You Get), Song of the Year (“Even Though I’m Leaving” performed by Combs and “I Hope You’re Happy Now” performed by Carly Pearce and Lee Brice), Male Vocalist of the Year and Single of the Year (“Beer Never Broke My Heart”).On October 23, Luke Combs will release What You See Ain’t Always What You Get, a deluxe version of his 2019 album. The new release will include the album’s 18 original tracks as well as five brand new songs.

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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.