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Luke Combs Wins Big at CMAs

Tammie Arroyo / AFF-USA.com
By Natalie Hunter

Luke Combs celebrated many victories last night at the CMAs. He won two coveted awards: Song of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. He also celebrated another victory: his engagement to his fiance, Nicole Hocking. “I’ll give you a hint. It’s one of the days next year," Combs told the magazine. The engaged couple graced the red carpet together last night. When they announced their engagement last year, Combs told PEOPLE magazine they'd pick a date in 2020: "One out of 365. We’re actually a lot farther along than I think we both thought we would be with our schedules. I’m excited about it. I really am. I’m looking forward to that day quite a bit."

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“Everything that you do is scrutinized or put in the public light, so it can be like: How do we do this?” Combs said about in regards to the wedding. “I don’t like the word ‘celebrity wedding,’ but how do you get a venue? Me and her would want to go look at the venue and make sure we like it. How do you go there and make sure that people working there aren’t going to say, ‘Hey, these people are getting married here?'”

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Combs won Song of the Year for his hit single "Beautiful Crazy." He was also honored with the title of Male Vocalist of the Year. When he went up to received the award, fans thought the audience was booing him. Tennessean clarified tweeting, "Those are not boos at the #CMAawards. That’s @lukecombs’ fans screaming out his name as he takes home 'Male Vocalist of the Year.' LUUUUUUKKKEEEE" In his acceptance speech, he said, "This is pretty unbelievable stuff. I remember sitting on my parents' porch when I was a little kid and watching Vince Gill come up here and win this same award."

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Luke Combs is relatively new to the limelight. "I definitely struggled with it at times,” he said, talking about his experience with fame. “I dealt with it probably a lot last year as things were really taking off and really getting kicked into high gear. But I’ve definitely pushed past all that stuff now.” “I just kinda kept moving forward,” he continued. “I mean, that was it. There wasn’t any time to stop anyway. So the best medication was just to work through things. And I’m definitely way more at peace now with it than I was a year ago, which is a great thing. I’m definitely in a great headspace now with this new album and ready to put it out and excited for all of the challenges that it presents.”

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