2023 CMA Awards: Lainey Wilson Leads With 9 Nominations

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The nominations for the 2023 Country Music Association, CMA Awards have been announced, and Lainey Wilson has emerged as the front-runner with an impressive nine nominations. This article will delve into the details of the nominations, shedding light on the talented artists and their contributions to the country music scene. From Lainey Wilson’s record-breaking accomplishments to the notable contenders in various categories, we will explore the excitement surrounding the upcoming CMA Awards.

2023 CMA Awards

Lainey Wilson’s Dominance

Lainey Wilson’s meteoric rise in the country music industry has been recognized with a staggering nine nominations at the 2023 CMA Awards. Her album “Bell Bottom Country” has earned a nomination for Album of the Year, while her hit single “Heart Like a Truck” is up for Song of the Year. Furthermore, Wilson’s collaboration with Hardy, “wait in the truck,” has received nominations for Female Vocalist of the Year and Music Video of the Year.


In addition to these categories, Wilson finds herself competing in Single of the Year with both “Heart Like a Truck” and “wait in the truck.” Her collaboration with Jelly Roll on “Save Me” has also secured a nomination for Musical Event of the Year. Moreover, the coveted Entertainer of the Year category features Wilson alongside esteemed artists such as Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, Morgan Wallen, and last year’s winner, Luke Combs.


Noteworthy Contenders

While Lainey Wilson holds the spotlight with her impressive nine nominations, other talented artists have also garnered attention at the 2023 CMA Awards. Jelly Roll follows closely behind Wilson with five nominations, showcasing his versatile talent and contribution to the country music scene. Luke Combs, known for his chart-topping success, is vying for four awards, including Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year for “Gettin’ Old.”


It is worth noting that Morgan Wallen, recognized as one of the year’s top performers, received three nominations. Despite his undeniable impact on the country music genre, Wallen’s nominations were limited to categories such as Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year for “One Thing At A Time.” Nevertheless, his influence on streaming services, pop radio, and the charts cannot be overlooked.


The Evolution of Country Music

The 2023 CMA Awards nominations highlight the ever-evolving landscape of country music. Artists like Taylor Swift, who released “Speak Now (Taylor’s Version),” have continued to make significant contributions to the genre. Furthermore, the chart success of Luke Combs’ cover of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” demonstrates the genre’s reach beyond traditional boundaries.


Exciting new talent has also made its mark on the industry. Zach Bryan, nominated for New Artist of the Year, achieved a historic feat with his self-titled album reaching the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart. Kacey Musgraves’ collaboration with Bryan on “I Remember Everything” also topped the Hot 100 chart. These achievements showcase the diversity and impact of country music in the present day.



As anticipation builds for the 2023 CMA Awards, Lainey Wilson’s exceptional nine nominations have solidified her position as a rising star in the country music world. With contenders like Jelly Roll and Luke Combs adding to the excitement, the awards ceremony promises to be a celebration of talent and achievement. As fans eagerly await the live broadcast on November 8th, hosted by Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning, the stage is set for an unforgettable night honoring the best in country music.

Here is the complete list of nominees for the 57th annual CMA Awards:


Entertainer of the Year:


  • Luke Combs
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Morgan Wallen
  • Lainey Wilson

Single of the Year:


  • “Fast Car” – Luke Combs
  • “Heart Like A Truck” – Lainey Wilson
  • “Need A Favor” – Jelly Roll
  • “Next Thing You Know” – Jordan Davis
  • “wait in the truck” – HARDY (feat. Lainey Wilson)

Album of the Year:


  • “Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville” – Ashley McBryde
  • “Bell Bottom Country” – Lainey Wilson
  • “Gettin’ Old” – Luke Combs
  • “One Thing At A Time” – Morgan Wallen
  • “Rolling Up the Welcome Mat” – Kelsea Ballerini

Song of the Year:


  • “Fast Car” – Tracy Chapman
  • “Heart Like A Truck” – Trannie Anderson, Dallas Wilson, Lainey Wilson
  • “Next Thing You Know” – Jordan Davis, Greylan James, Chase McGill, Josh Osborne
  • “Tennessee Orange” – David Fanning, Paul Jenkins, Megan Moroney, Ben Williams
  • “wait in the truck” – Renee Blair, Michael Hardy, Hunter Phelps, Jordan Schmidt

Female Vocalist of the Year:


  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Ashley McBryde
  • Carly Pearce
  • Lainey Wilson

Male Vocalist of the Year:


  • Luke Combs
  • Jelly Roll
  • Cody Johnson
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Morgan Wallen

Vocal Group of the Year:


  • Lady A
  • Little Big Town
  • Midland
  • Old Dominion
  • Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo of the Year:


  • Brooks & Dunn
  • Brothers Osborne
  • Dan + Shay
  • Maddie & Tae
  • The War And Treaty

Musical Event of the Year:


  • “Save Me” – Jelly Roll (with Lainey Wilson)
  • “She Had Me At Heads Carolina (Remix)” – Cole Swindell & Jo Dee Messina
  • “Thank God” – Kane Brown (with Katelyn Brown)
  • “wait in the truck” – HARDY (feat. Lainey Wilson)
  • “We Don’t Fight Anymore” – Carly Pearce (featuring Chris Stapleton)

Musician of the Year:


  • Jenee Fleenor
  • Paul Franklin
  • Rob McNelley
  • Derek Wells
  • Charlie Worsham

Music Video of the Year:


  • “Light On In The Kitchen” – Ashley McBryde
  • “Memory Lane” – Old Dominion
  • “Need A Favor” – Jelly Roll
  • “Next Thing You Know” – Jordan Davis
  • “wait in the truck” – HARDY (feat. Lainey Wilson)

New Artist of the Year:


  • Zach Bryan
  • Jelly Roll
  • Parker McCollum
  • Megan Moroney
  • Hailey Whitters

The 57th annual CMA Awards will be a celebration of the incredible talent and achievements within the country music industry. Stay tuned for the live broadcast of the awards ceremony, where the winners will be announced.




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