Luke Combs maintained his status as country music's biggest star on Wednesday, winning his second consecutive Entertainer of the Year award at the Country Music Association Awards at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

Combs, 32, also won Album of the Year for his third record, "Growin' Up." He won the award in 2020 for "What You See Is What You Get."

"I want to thank country music for making my dreams come true," Combs said after his win. "There is nobody in this category that doesn't deserve to be standing up here."

Combs faced competition from Miranda Lambert and Chris Stapleton for the Entertainer of the Year award.

Lainey Wilson won the CMA for New Artist of the Year. Wilson also beat out Carrie Underwood and Lambert for Female Vocalist of the Year.

"It just seems like one blessing after another," Wilson said at CMA rehearsals. "I'm feeling like the last 11 years are really starting to pay off."

The 30-year-old recently released her sophomore album, "Bell Bottom Country."

Some pop artists made the crossover to country on Wednesday. Kelly Clarkson performed her song "You're Drunk, Go Home," and Thomas Rhett and Katy Perry performed their duet "Where We Started."

Taylor Swift was nominated for Music Video of The Year for her re-recording of "I Bet You Think About Me" which featured Stapleton and was directed by actress Blake Lively.

Cody Johnson's "Till You Can't" won the award for Music Video of the Year. The song also won for Single of the Year.

Loretta Lynn received a tribute from Underwood, Lambert, and Reba McEntire. The country music legend died on Oct. 4.

Lynn was the first woman to receive Entertainer of the Year. She received the award in 1972.

Stapleton won male vocalist of the year, beating out Combs, Johnson, Eric Church, and Morgan Wallen.

The award show was hosted by country singer Luke Bryan and NFL legend Peyton Manning.

Bryan had caused a controversy for endorsing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and inviting him onstage at a concert. Manning joked that if Bryan ran for president his campaign slogan could be, "A candidate who will never plead the Fifth, but he will drink a fifth."