Waffle House is known across the country for its waffles, hash browns, Bert’s Chili and more. But here’s something you might not know about the popular 24-hour eatery — it’s home to the Tunie Awards, a musical award show that honors the best in Waffle House music.
Who won Tunie Awards this year?
Echoing his 2019 win, Chris Stapleton and his country ballad “Tennessee Whiskey” won the award for the No. 1 Played Song at this year’s show. Stapleton accepted the award during the virtual music awards show that celebrated the top artists and songs played on Waffle House jukeboxes over the past year.
In addition to Stapleton’s top song award, Lee Brice walked away a big winner with two Tunies — Top Songwriter and Top Collaboration. Brice’s Top Collaboration award recognized his work with Carly Pearce on the song “I Hope You’re Happy Now.”
The show included performances from several Tunie Award Winners such as Old Dominion, Lee Brice & Carly Pearce, 3 Doors Down, Lauren Alaina, LOCASH and Walker Hayes. Viewers also were treated to exclusive “After Show Party” benefits, concert performances and additional content if they purchased a $3.00 ticket, with proceeds going to support the non-profit Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.
Longtime southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd made a virtual appearance to accept a Lifetime Achievement Award for rocking Waffle House Top Plays for decades, with so many hits and for the group’s deep love for the Waffle House brand.
Kid Rock, another huge fan of the iconic restaurant brand and fan favorite, won the Waffle House Legend Award.
“Thank you so much, to the Tunies, to Waffle House.” Kid Rock said. “I’m covered in excitement and that’s not even tongue-in-cheek.... Game over. I won.”
Winning results were based on the 30 million songs played on Waffle House/TouchTunes Jukeboxes over the past 12 months.
LOCASH, who recently skyrocketed on the Waffle House charts, won their very first award as the Breakout Band of the Year for fan favorites such as “One Big Country Song” and “I Love This Life.”
Lauren Alaina’s strong voice and top-played songs helped her nab this year’s Top Country Vocalist Award. “This is the most proud moment of my life,” Alaina said of her win, as she smiled with excitement.
The Zac Brown Band won the Top Played Country Band, while Luke Combs took home the Top Country Artist. Both Brown and Combs joined the celebration virtually.
Old Dominion won the coveted Associate’s Choice Award for being the Top Played Artist, as selected by Waffle House Associates working at restaurants around the country.
3 Doors Down won for Top Alternative Rock Band, while MercyMe won for Top Christian Band.
The Waffle House Jukebox Top Ten Songs of 2020 are:
1. “Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton
2. “Location” by Khalid
3. “Yummy” by Justin Bieber
4. “Can We Talk” by Tevin Campbell
5. “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd
6. “Sure Thing” by Miguel
7. “Heaven” by Kane Brown
8. “Hotel California” by Eagles
9. “Love on the Brain” by Rihanna
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