Luke Combs is, without a doubt, one of country music’s biggest superstars. The singer/songwriter has celebrated countless career achievements in the past few years and shows no signs of slowing down in the new year.
In 2020 alone, he earned multiple chart-topping singles, broke streaming records left and right and took home a number of awards, including Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year at the CMA Awards, Album of the Year and Male Artist of the Year at the ACM Awards, and Top Country Artist, Top Country Male Artist and Top Country Album at the Billboard Music Awards.
Even though he’s reached an incredible level of success, when asked about the moment he truly felt like he “made it,” Combs said it had nothing to do with awards or accolades. For the man from North Carolina, simply making a living as a country music artist was enough for him.
“I think the honest answer to that would be when I could pay my bills doing music and not have to do another job. That was making it for me,” he recently explained in an interview with his record label. “That was the goal, was not having to work 40 hours. Not have to do the cubicle office grind thing.”
“I mean I would say ‘I made it’ in 2011 or 12,” he continued. “I mean, I was playing shows three or four nights a week and didn’t have to work and was just writing music and hanging out and to me, that was the dream, you know? I didn’t think that I had to be any particular thing and obviously those goals and desires to achieve things change over time, which they have now. You know, if I can just pay my bills doing music, that’s making it in my opinion.”
Now that he’s officially “made it,” Combs has his sights set on a new set of goals.
“I’m definitely gunning for that Entertainer of the Year spot and winning that at some point. I think would be a huge moment for myself, whether that’s this year or not, we’ll see,” he acknowledged.
The “Better Together” singer went on to share his hopes to headline stadiums as well as one of the biggest stages in music: the Super Bowl.
“I just have loftier goals and play the Super Bowl. I want to do the halftime show at the Super Bowl,” Combs said. “That’s not in the near future but hopefully one day.”
It’s been quite some time since a country artist has been given the opportunity to headline the Super Bowl. Shania Twain headlined in 2003 and Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt and The Judds headlined the halftime show in 1994.
Other artists, including Luke Bryan, Faith Hill and Carrie Underwood, have appeared at the Super Bowl to sing the National Anthem.