Matt Ramsey Pays Tribute To Alabama’s Jeff Cook During Old Dominion’s Heartfelt CMA Awards Acceptance Speech

Old Dominion; Photo Courtesy CMA
Old Dominion; Photo Courtesy CMA

Multi-Platinum selling band Old Dominion claimed the title of CMA Vocal Group of the Year for the fifth time at the 56th Annual CMA Awards on Wednesday (Nov. 9).

Lady A, Little Big Town, Midland, and Zac Brown Band were also nominated in the category.

“Well, listen, obviously we’ve lost a lot of legends, but there’s nobody in this category — or really, any category — that would be here without Alabama and we just lost Jeff Cook. It’s got me thinking, I’m so grateful — there’s nothing like being in a band,” said Matt Ramsey, lead vocals. “I’m so grateful to have my friends and I can’t imagine losing one of you guys and I’m so happy to be able to make music and be honored. We love you and we just love the opportunity to do what we love doing, so thank you guys so much for allowing us to do what we love doing. Thank you.”

Jeff Cook, founding member and legendary guitarist from country supergroup ALABAMA, passed away on Monday, November 7 at the age of 73.

Old Dominion was also up for the Album of the Year award with Time, Tequila & Therapy.

Prior to the award show, Trevor Rosen — guitar and keyboards for the band — shared a lighthearted post via Instagram. Rosen posted screenshots of a text conversation between him and his daughters as they wrote “You better get Morgan Wallen’s phone number” and “Random, but if you see Cody Johnson at CMAs, can you like get him to say hi in a video or something?”

Hopefully, a CMA Award is enough for the Rosen family!

The five-piece band recently announced their highly anticipated NO BAD VIBES TOUR, set to kick off in the spring of 2023. Hot on the heels of a very successful run on Kenny Chesney’s Here and Now 2022 Tour — where Old Dominion opened the show at twenty-three stadiums over the summer — their headlining tour is set to kick off January 19, 2023 at the Ford Center in Evansville, IN and end on July 30th in Lake Tahoe, NV.

Old Dominion; Photo by Benjamin Askinas/CMA
Old Dominion; Photo by Benjamin Askinas/CMA

The 56th Annual CMA Awards featured performances from Luke Combs, Morgan Wallen, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Cole Swindell, Cody Johnson, and Carly Pearce.

The show opened with an all-star tribute to the late Loretta Lynn from Underwood, Reba McEntire and Lambert. 

Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Jon Pardi, and Lainey Wilson joined together to honor the 2022 CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Alan Jackson. 

Dierks Bentley, Carrie Underwood, Alan Jackson, Lainey Wilson, Jon Pardi; Photo Courtesy CMA
Dierks Bentley, Carrie Underwood, Alan Jackson, Lainey Wilson, Jon Pardi; Photo Courtesy CMA

Additionally, the show included star-studded collaborations from Kelsea Ballerini, Kelly Clarkson and Carly Pearce, HARDY and Lainey Wilson, Elle King with The Black Keys, Brothers featuring The War and Treaty, Thomas Rhett and Katy Perry, Chris Stapleton with Patty Loveless, Zac Brown Band, Jimmie Allen and Marcus King as well as Ashley McBryde with Pillbox Patti, Brandy Clark, Caylee Hammack and John Osborne.

Mookie Betts, BRELAND, Jessica Chastain, Jordan Davis, Sarah Drew, Cole Hauser, Tyler Hubbard, Wynonna Judd, Lady A, Rex Linn, Little Big Town, Parker McCollum, Reba McEntire, Ben and Erin Napier, Jeannie Seely, Michael Shannon, and Lainey Wilson were on hand to present during the ceremony.

Luke Bryan, Peyton Manning; Photo Courtesy CMA
Luke Bryan, Peyton Manning; Photo Courtesy CMA

Co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning, the 2022 CMA Awards broadcasted live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and aired on ABC (8:00-11:00 PM/ET). 

The CMA Awards will also be available for viewing on Hulu beginning Thursday, Nov. 10. 

The 56th Annual CMA Awards was a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton served as the Executive Producer, Alan Carter as the Director, and Jon Macks as the Head Writer.