Luke Combs said it best while accepting the trophy for Entertainer of the Year Wednesday night (11-9) at the 2022 CMA Awards: “This is my fifth or sixth year being at this awards show, and country sounded more country than it has in a long time tonight.” In truth, the CMA Awards righting the ship goes back even further.
You have to be happy with this class overall. Certainly, you can look over the elongated list of other potential inductees that grows even longer every year due to the Hall of Fame’s austere approach to induction, and do a healthy level of second guessing.
Brooks and Dunn, Chet Flippo, Country Music Hall of Fame, Irving Waugh, JD Crowe, Jerry Lee Lewis, Joe Galante, Keith Whitley, Kix Brooks, Lorrie Morgan, Mike Curb, Naomi Judd, Nudie Cohn, Ralph Emery, Ralph Stanley, Ray Charles, Tanya Tucker, The Judds, Waylon Jennings, Wynonna Judd
Amid speculation by the public, inquiries by the media, and a continuing investigation by authorities, the family of deceased country music legend Naomi Judd has revealed that she died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound when she passed away on April 30th at the age of 76.
Since the Hall of Fame continues to not allow for public broadcast of the ceremony, fans of The Judds and other inductees have been mostly resigned to piecing together the events. But luckily, a full video of The Judds induction has emerged.
Naomi Judd struggled publicly with mental illness throughout her life. But instead of hiding it, she tried to use her experience with the disease to share her wisdom, and inspire others to work through their struggles, and spoke openly about suicide and how it is preventable.
Yes ladies and gentlemen, that is a picture of Hank Williams performing live on The Grand Ole Opry with the word “DUMMY” emboldened in all caps across his chest from the CMT Awards. Later in the week, Lenny Kravitz chided the crowd for “not being able to get with love” before, ironically, exited the stage while flipping double birds with his back turned to the crowd.