This will come as no surprise to many – the man of the moment, Luke Combs is the winner of ‘New Male Artist of the Year’ at the 2019 ACM Awards.
Combs received a surprise phone call from megastar Carrie Underwood last weekend (March 26), telling Luke of his win.
Got some pretty awesome news yesterday while I was making my toaster strudel... Thanks for the call, @carrieunderwood! This is a dream come true and I'm so thankful for all of you. Can't wait for the @acmawards! #ACMawards
In addition, Combs is also nominated for Male Artist of the Year at this year’s 2019 ACM Awards which will be held at the MGM Grand’s Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7.
It’s been a monumental ride for Luke over the last 12 months whose breakthrough debut album This One’s For You is now certified RIAA double Platinum. Since its release June 2, 2017, the album has spent a total of 29 non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, including 16 weeks in 2018—making it the highest selling country album last year with 1.1 million equivalent album units sold and the only country album to surpass 1 million album units. It’s also the most-streamed country album of 2019 so far. Additionally, Combs was recently named Country Artist of the Year at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards, New Artist of the Year at the 52nd Annual CMA Awards, was nominated for Best New Artist at the 61st GRAMMY Awards and was the recipient of a CMA Triple Play Award for writing three No. 1 songs in a 12-month period.
Combs recently became the second artist ever to top all five Billboard Country charts: Top Country Albums, Hot Country Songs, Country Airplay, Country Streaming Songs and Country Digital Song Sales (all dated March 9).
The success comes on the heels of Combs’ 2x Platinum single, “Beautiful Crazy,” which remains No. 1 on the Mediabase/Country Aircheck chart for the third-straight week and holds strong at No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart for the fifth-straight week. This is his fastest rising single to date (15 weeks) and makes Combs the first artist ever to send his first five singles to the top of Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. “Beautiful Crazy” is also the first country single shipped to radio already platinum-certified since Taylor Swift’s “Red” in 2013 and has more than 301 million on-demand streams. In celebration of these milestones, Combs recently released an acoustic version of the song. Listen HERE.
All this in such a short time – no surprises at all.