Stapleton has now surpassed country icons such as George Strait, Vince Gill and Blake Shelton with six Male Vocalist of the Year wins. In his acceptance speech, the Kentucky crooner paid tribute to the other artists nominated in this year’s category, Luke Combs, Eric Church, Cody Johnson and Morgan Wallen.
This marks the second year in a row that Stapleton has taken home the award, and consolidates the ‘You Should Probably Leave’ songsmith’s status as one of the preeminent artists of the past decade.
In addition to this, Stapleton took to the CMA stage for a memorable rendition of ‘You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive’ with fellow Kentuckian, Patty Loveless. The CMA Awards 2022 also saw performances from artists such as Carrie Underwood, Thomas Rhett, Katy Perry, Zac Brown Band, Miranda Lambert, HARDY, Lainey Wilson and more.
Chris Stapleton was nominated in four other categories, including Entertainer of the Year, which went to Luke Combs, and Music Video of the Year, for his high-profile Taylor Swift collaboration, ‘I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)’.
Stapleton’s impressive streak is amplified by the fact that his releases have been few and far between since he put out Starting Over in 2020. Fans are hoping that the announcement of Stapleton’s new single, ‘I’m A Ram’, marks the first, tentative step towards an album rollout.
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