Competition was fierce in the Male Vocalist of the Year category at the 2019 CMA Awards, but ultimately, Luke Combs prevailed. He edged out Dierks Bentley, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban to take home the trophy.

As the crowd cheered him on, Combs came on stage and accepted the award humbly after an introduction from Trisha Yearwood.

"I remember sitting on my parents' porch when I was a little kid and watching Vince Gill come on here and win this same award," he says. He then thanked his team, family, friends and fiancé in a short-but-sweet speech.

With just two albums to his name, Combs was the greenest artist in the category of Male Vocalist of the Year (he's not the youngest, though: He's got Rhett beat by a whopping 28 days). However, what the newly crowned CMA champ lacks in discography, he makes up for in sheer hit-making prowess.

In late October, Combs' studio debut, This One's for You, made history, tying with Shania Twain's Come on Over as the longest-reigning top country album ever. Both projects have spent 50 non-consecutive weeks at the top spot. Earlier in 2019, Combs' album became the longest-running No. 1 record for a male artist. He also took each of the project's five singles to No. 1 at country radio.

Combs continues to be an unstoppable force, and went into the Wednesday evening ceremony with a freshly released sophomore album, What You See Is What You Get, to his name.

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