Old Dominion crowned CMA Vocal Group of the Year, Matt Ramsey pays tribute to Alabama’s Jeff Cook

Multi-Platinum Sell Band Old Dominion wins “Vocal Group of the Year” for the fifth time at the 56th Annual CMA Awards. Lady A, Little Big Town, Midland and Zac Brown Band were also nominated for the award.

“Well look, obviously we’ve lost a lot of legends, but there’s no one in this category – or really, any category – who would be here if not for Alabama and we just lost Jeff Cook. That makes me think. , I’m so grateful – there’s nothing like being in a band,” said lead vocals Matt Ramsey. “I’m so grateful to have my friends and I can’t imagine losing the one of you and I’m so happy to be able to make music and be honored. We love you and we love having the opportunity to do what we love to do, so thank you so much guys for allowing us to do what we love to do. Thanks.”

Jeff Cook, founding member and legendary guitarist of country supergroup ALABAMA, died Monday, November 7 at the age of 73.

Old Dominion was also up for Album of the Year with Time, Tequila & Therapy.

Ahead of the awards show, Trevor Rosen – guitar and keyboards for the band – shared a lighthearted message via Instagram. Rosen posted screenshots of a text conversation between him and his daughters as they wrote, “You better get Morgan Wallen’s phone number” and “Random, but if you see Cody Johnson at CMA, can you get him to say hello in a video or something?”

Let’s hope a CMA award is enough for the Rosen family!

The five-piece band recently announced their highly anticipated NO BAD VIBES tour, set to kick off in the spring of 2023. Hot on the heels of a highly successful run on Kenny Chesney’s Here and Now 2022 tour – where Old Dominion opened the show at twenty-three stadiums over the summer – their headlining tour is scheduled to begin January 19, 2023 at the Ford Center in Evansville, IN and end July 30 in Lake Tahoe, NV.

The 56th Annual CMA Awards featured performances from Luke Combs, Morgan Wallen, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Cole Swindell, Cody Johnson and Carly Pearce.

The show opened with an all-star tribute to Underwood’s late Loretta Lynn, Reba McEntire and Lambert.

Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Jon Pardi and Lainey Wilson have come together to pay tribute to 2022 CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Alan Jackson.

Additionally, the show included star-studded collaborations from Kelsea Ballerini, Kelly Clarkson and Carly Pearce, HARDY and Lainey Wilson, Elle King with The Black Keys, Brothers with The War and Treaty, Thomas Rhett and Katy Perry, Chris Stapleton with Patty Loveless, Zac Brown Band, Jimmie Allen and Marcus King as well as Ashley McBryde with Pillbox Patti, Brandy Clark, Caylee Hammack and John Osborne.

Mookie Betts, BRELAND, Jessica Chastain, Jordan Davis, Sarah Drew, Cole Hauser, Tyler Hubbard, Wynonna Judd, Lady A, Rex Linn, Little Big Town, Parker McCollum, Reba McEntire, Ben and Erin Napier, Jeannie Seely, Michael Shannon, and Lainey Wilson were on hand to present at the ceremony.

Co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning, the 2022 CMA Awards aired live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville and aired on ABC (8:00-11:00 p.m. ET).

The CMA Awards will also be available for viewing on Hulu beginning Thursday, November 10.

The 56th annual CMA Awards was a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton served as executive producer, Alan Carter as director, and Jon Macks as head writer.

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