CMA Awards 2020: Luke Combs Delivers Show-Stopping ‘Cold as You’ Performance

by Jacklyn Krol
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Luke Combs had his fellow country stars going wild after giving a stirring performance to remember on the 2020 CMA Awards.

The Show-Stopping Performance

The country crooner performed “Cold As You” on Wednesday (November 11). He took the stage at Music City Center with limited audience members that consisted of artists and their guests sat at tables.

The socially-distanced show did not stop his team from getting into his performance. Combs’ co-writer Ray Fulcher and wife Nicole Hocking were seen standing, screaming, dancing, and singing along to his performance.

Luke Combs and His Nominations

Combs is one of the most-nominated artists this year. He is up for the coveted Entertainer of the Year award. He is up against Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban. Secondly, he is nominated for Album of the Year for What You See Is What You Get. Thirdly, he is nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year.

Combs was nominated for Single of the Year for “Beer Never Broke My Heart,” which ultimately went to Maren Morris for “The Bones.” He was also nominated for “Song of the Year” for “Even Though I’m Leaving.” That award also went to Morris for her hit single.

The EOTY

“Probably. I mean, I don’t know what kind of shot we have of winning or not,” Combs admitted to Taste of Country. He said if he wins he would thank his wife, parents, and team. “It’s just cool to be nominated for the first time. And nominated against some people that I really look up to and consider a heck of a lot more talented than I am.”

Originally, Garth Brooks was nominated for the honor but he withdrew his nomination. He won the award seven times and beat Carrie Underwood last year. Furthermore, the win caused quite the controversy. Underwood launched a 360 tour and released a critically acclaimed album in 2019.

“I understand [Garth’s] move for sure,” Combs told Country Daily in an interview. “But then I also think to myself, when you’re in that conversation [for Entertainer of the Year], I have this competitive nature, I don’t just want to be the best, I want to beat the best, too. So I don’t want to sit at home and go, ‘Well, maybe it was me, but maybe it was somebody else.’”

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