Luke Combs Wins Billboard’s Top Country Artist of the Year

by Suzanne Halliburton

Luke Combs picked up a huge designation Thursday. Billboard magazine named him the top country artist of the year.

Selecting Combs was a no brainer.

Billboard says Combs topped four of the five major year-end country charts. They were Hot Country SongsCountry Airplay SongsTop Country Albums and Country Digital Song Sales. Combs finished second to Morgan Wallen in the Country Streaming Songs category.

2020 Might Be Hideous Year For Some, But It’s Great For Luke Combs

The year 2020 might be hideous for most, but it’s been quite a career benchmark for the 30-year-old Combs. Last month, Combs won two CMA awards. He was Male Vocalist of the Year. Further, his album “What You See Is What You Get.”

It basically looks a lot like 2019. That’s when he released his album, “This One’s for You,” and then the deluxe version, “This One’s for You Too.” Combs won CMA’s Male Vocalist of the Year and Song of the Year with “Beautiful, Crazy.”,

Combs was interested in other Billboard news, Thursday. He retweeted the rankings showings his album ranked 10th overall in the all-genre category. The top nine, led by Post Malone Lil Baby, were all pop, rock or hip hop.

In October, Combs released a deluxe version of the album. Billboard stats show that the album, in its second week, enjoyed 102.3 million streams. That’s a record for a country album. The week before the album had 74 million clicks.

Last month, when Combs won CMA Album of the Year for the first time in his career, he calmly stepped to the podium to give an acceptance speech.

“I don’t write speeches for these things,” Combs said. “I don’t deserve this anymore than anybody else in this category. Especially this year has been so crazy, and I know everybody in this category worked their ass off. I’m just a lucky guy. Thank God for what you do for me and thank the fans for what you do for me.”

Since it’s Thursday afternoon, it feels like an appropriate time to listen to some Luke Combs music.