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Cody Johnson has been on a roll lately.
Johnson’s 2021 album, Human: The Double Album, reached the #3 spot on the Top Country Albums chart. The singles “‘Til You Can’t” and “Human” have been huge hits, with the former song being certified double Platinum by the RIAA.
Johnson won his first award in 2022 at the CMT Music Awards. He actually won two awards that night, for CMT Digital-First Performance of the Year and Male Video of the Year. Then, Johnson won Music Video of the Year and Single of the Year at the 2022 CMA Awards.
In 2023, the songwriters behind “‘Til You Can’t” won a Grammy for Best Country Song. Johnson later won CMT Performance of the Year at the CMT Music Awards.
Not long after, the ACM revealed its list of nominees for its annual awards ceremony. Johnson scored three nominations, earning nods for Single of the Year, Song of the Year, and Visual Media of the Year.
All three nominations were for “‘Til You Can’t.”
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In addition to being a nominee, Johnson was also a performer at the 2023 ACM Awards. He performed a tribute to Willie Nelson in honor of the country music legend’s 90th birthday on April 29.
Johnson was incredibly honored to pay tribute to Nelson. As he told Audacy, “Willie’s one of my biggest heroes.”
He honored Nelson by performing “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys.” Nelson recorded the song as a duet with Waylon Jennings, who is another one of Johnson’s personal heroes.
Johnson remained true to Nelson and Jennings’ recording when he performed “Mammas” at the ACM Awards. His performance was country to the core. We bet it made Nelson proud!
Watch Johnson honor Nelson (and Jennings!) at the 2023 ACM Awards in the video below. He knocked it out of the park as always!