Luke Combs took the Grand Ole Opry stage during the 2021 ACM Awards to deliver a heartfelt performance of his song "Forever After All." The song was written by Combs, Rob Williford, and Drew Parker and was inspired by the country star's wife, Nicole Hocking. Apparently, the song was the very first Combs wrote after moving in with his longtime love, which makes it even more romantic than the touching lyrics.
The song was released on Combs' album What You See Ain't Always What You Get, the deluxe version of What You See Is What You Get. During his performance, Combs was dressed to the nines, a nice way to honor the more serious nature of the song. A noticeable difference between wearing his typical baseball cap paired with a red solo cup that tends to accompany him onstage.
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"Forever After All" immediately became a fan favorite after its release in November of 2020, debuting at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Hot Country Songs chart. You can tell how personal the lyrics are that Combs wrote and how special it must have been for his wife to hear it for the first time. Just try listening to this song and not feeling all the feels...it's just too good.
Combs is nominated for three awards this year including Male Artist of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, and Music Event of the Year for "Does to Me" with Eric Church. He previously won Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year Awards at the 2020 CMA Awards.
See the full list of 2021 ACM Award winners here.