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It was a big night for Kentucky native and multi-time CMA Award winner Chris Stapleton.
On Wednesday at the 55th Annual Country Music Association Awards at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, the country music star from Eastern Kentucky collected four CMA Awards.
Stapleton, who grew up in Staffordsville, three miles east of Paintsville in Johnson County, won for Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year ("Starting Over,") Single of the Year (“Starting Over,”) and Song of the Year (“Starting Over.”).
The megastar, who had more nominations than any other artists at this year's CMA Awards with five, was also nominated for Entertainer of the Year. He also earned additional producer credits in both the Album of the Year and Single of the Year categories.
Wednesday's CMA show, which was hosted by Luke Bryan, was Stapleton's third time winning in the Album of the Year category.
"I want to say thank you to everybody that listened to the record, everybody that listens to music — country music fans," he said while accepting Album of the Year for "Starting Over." "It's always an honor to receive the album award ... we believe in albums, and we like what that is."
Stapleton, who is perhaps best known for his cover of David Alan Coe's "Tennessee Whiskey" or hits like "Fire Away," and "Traveller," boasts a raspy tenor that is captivating and unique, allowing his songs to transcend genres as he weaves tales of love, heartbreak, and a bit of whiskey, into his songs.
According to a 2019 review of his performance at KFC's Yum Center in Louisville, Stapleton is "a country singer with the soul of a bluesman and the guitar prowess of a rock legend."
"Kentucky has grown its fair share of celebrities ... from Academy Award-winning actors George Clooney and Jennifer Lawrence to country music superstar Loretta Lynn to gonzo journalist and writer Hunter S. Thompson to the actual Greatest, Muhammad Ali. Stapleton should be proud that he fits right alongside the other greats of Kentucky," the review states.
Stapleton will next perform in his home state during “A Concert for Kentucky," a special performance at the University of Kentucky’s Kroger Field on April 23, 2022.
A full 100% of the concert’s net proceeds will benefit Stapleton’s newly created Outlaw State of Kind Hometown Fund. The fund was established in partnership with the Blue Grass Community Foundation to specifically support local and national organizations directly impacting Kentucky, with initial grant distributions focusing on music and arts education.
Tickets for "A Concert for Kentucky" are on sale at ChrisStapleton.com.
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This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: CMA's 2021: Chris Stapleton Country Music Awards nominations, wins