Watch: Luke Combs Rattles ‘She Got the Best of Me’ at First-Ever CMA Awards Performance in 2018

by Atlanta Northcutt

During any live performance in front of a large crowd, anxiety kicks in, and things get a little shaky. The same goes for Luke Combs‘ 2018 first-ever CMA performance.

With four-straight No. 1 singles by this point, you wouldn’t expect Combs to be a little subdued in his performance, but, after all, it was his first time at the CMAs.

Those shaky jitters seem to be all over with now. Combs proved his newfound stage presence when he shotgunned a beer on national television.

The Shotgunning Beer Incident

During his performance with Brooks & Dunn at the 2020 CMT Music Awards, he proved he’s not all talk. Not only can Luke Combs throw down a beer in two seconds, but he’s now a star performer who takes over the stage.

The performance was a hit with fans, other entertainers and music journalists giving rave reviews, not only to the great collaboration between Combs and Brooks and Dunn, but also for Luke’s shotgun skills.

The Growth of Luke Combs

Each live concert, performance, tour and awards ceremony Combs sings in gives him more and more confidence. He can be his rowdy self and sing openly. His confidence and improvements onstage and in his voice can be seen and heard growing throughout the years.

Combs’ performance on Saturday Night Live in February 2020.

What Fans Are Saying About Combs’ Improvements

As stated in a previous Outsider article, comments continue to roll in as the years go by. One user commented on the incredible growth of the country singer. In just two years, he went from a singer at intimate concerts in local bars to the country star that he continues to grow into.

They write a comparison between years: “2016- Luke Combs is barely known, performing at local bars and fairs. 2018- Luke Combs is arguably the most popular country singer in the world, selling out arenas in less than an hour.”

Luke Combs’ Topping the Charts

Combs is now a multi-platinum, ACM, CMA, CMT, and Billboard Music Award-winning artist. His 2019 album, “What You See Is What You Get” broke Taylor Swift’s record of 24 weeks at #1 on the Top Country Albums chart; The album has spent 25 weeks at number one, his website reports.

More Nominations & Awards Adding Up

This year’s CMA Awards are no different as Combs celebrates six nominations. Combs receives his first nomination in Entertainer of the Year and another nomination in Male Vocalist, which he won in 2019. 

According to Rolling Stone, What You See Is What You Get is up for Album of the Year, and “Beer Never Broke My Heart” is up for Single of the Year. Combs scored a pair of nominations in the Song of the Year category: for his own “Even Though I’m Leaving” and for co-writing “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” a hit for co-writer Carly Pearce and Lee Brice.

During the 54th annual CMA Awards, it will be interesting to see Combs’ upcoming performance on ABC Wednesday, November 11, at 8 p.m. ET.

Perhaps, Combs will be funneling a beer this time.