Morgan Wallen & Luke Combs Swap Songs Ahead Of The CMA Awards

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‘Twas the night before the CMA Awards, and all through Music City, country music was being sung… especially at the BMI Awards.

This year, the BMI Awards honored two incredible songwriters who have left a significant mark on the industry already, and it’s just the beginning of the illustrious careers these two are bound to have in country music and beyond.

Luke Combs and Morgan Wallen are your 2023 BMI Songwriters of the Year.

“Congrats on winning this year’s Songwriter of the Year for many of the country’s favorites like “Doin’ This”, “Going, Going Gone” and “Out in the Middle” by Zac Brown Band & Blake Shelton!”

Shortly after Combs was announced as one of the Songwriters of the Year, his colleague Morgan Wallen was given the same honor.

“Congrats Morgan Wallen, on winning Songwriter of the Year at our BMI Country Awards for “You Proof” and more!”

After receiving their honors, the two took to the stage to perform some of the songs they were recognized for during the ceremony. However, the two decided to put a twist on the performance… a little song swap, if you will.

The two covered each other’s tracks, leading to an incredible performance. Wallen was challenged to convey the heartfelt lyrics of Combs’ “Going, Going, Gone.”

@whiskeyriff Morgan Wallen covering Luke Combs’ “Going, Going, Gone” at BMI Country Awards. // 🎥: @jifner.j #whiskeyriff #bmiawards #countrymusic #morganwallen #lukecombs ♬ original sound – Whiskey Riff

Following that, Luke Combs took a stab at one of Morgan Wallen’s tracks, laying down a stellar cover of “Thought You Should Know.”

Talk about a great way to show your support for your fellow country music colleagues. These two are some of the biggest acts in the game right now, and this song swap shows their camaraderie on and off the main stage.

@countrybits Luke combs singing “thought you should know” at the bmi awards #countrymusic #lukecombs #morganwallen #countrysongs #sadcountrysongs ♬ original sound – countrybits

Luke Combs and Morgan Wallen are both nominated for Entertainer of the Year for this year’s CMA Awards, so it will be a tight race to see who takes home the trophy tonight. The whole category is stacked and filled with deserving artists to be named Entertainer of the Year.

We will be live tweeting The Country Music Awards, so follow along on X (@whiskeyriff) for all the fun and real-time updates as winners are announced (and, of course, the Whiskey Riff commentary you all know and love).

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