The 37-year-old swept all three CMA categories in which he was nominated -- Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year, and New Artist of the Year -- prompting even Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan to take note in his acceptance speech. Though Traveller is Stapleton's debut solo album, he is no stranger to the country music scene. Together with his band, The SteelDrivers, Stapleton was nominated for three GRAMMY awards in 2010. Later that year, Stapleton's new band, The Jompson Brothers, would be chosen to perform at the Zac Brown Band's Sailing Southern Ground Cruise.
But if you're wondering why big winners like Bryan and Miranda Lambert took time out of their own acceptance speeches to call out Stapleton -- it's (at least partially) because his songs have already appeared on their albums.