Lainey Wilson leads the way for this year’s pack of CMA Awards nominees. The Country Music Association has announced the official nominations for its 57th Annual CMA Awards, with Jelly Roll, Luke Combs and HARDY also among the top contenders.
Wilson leads this year’s list with nine nominations, including several top honors. She’s up for Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Single of the Year and Song of the Year for her song, “Heart Like A Truck,” as well as Album of the Year for Bell Bottom Country. The Yellowstonestar is also double nominated in the Musical Event of the Year category for her collaborations with Jelly Roll (“Save Me“) and HARDY (“wait in the truck.”) The latter is also up for Music Video of the Year and Single of the Year.
Jelly Roll is a first-time nominee after taking the country music world by storm with his Whitsitt Chapel album earlier this year. Other first-timers include Kane Brown‘s wife, Katelyn Brown — who is up for Musical Event of the Year alongside her husband for their debut collaboration, “Thank God” — and Tracy Chapman, whose 1988 song “Fast Car” gained fame all over again as it was covered by Combs. “Fast Car” — for which Chapman is the sole writer — is up for both Single of the Year and Song of the Year.
Lainey Wilson and Luke Combs attend the 56th Annual Country Music Association Awards at Bridgestone Arena on November 09, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee. – John Shearer/Getty Images for CMACMA Awards
See the complete list of 2023 CMA Awards nominations below.
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Luke CombsChris StapletonCarrie UnderwoodMorgan WallenLainey Wilson
SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Award goes to Artist(s), Producer(s) and Mix Engineer(s)
“Fast Car” – Luke CombsProducers: Luke Combs, Chip Matthews, Jonathan SingletonMix Engineer: Chip Matthews”Heart Like A Truck” – Lainey WilsonProducer: Jay JoyceMix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce”Need A Favor” – Jelly RollProducer: Austin NivarelMix Engineer: Jeff Braun”Next Thing You Know” – Jordan DavisProducer: Paul DiGiovanniMix Engineer: Jim Cooley”wait in the truck” – HARDY (feat. Lainey Wilson)Producers: HARDY, Joey Moi, Jordan Schmidt, Derek WellsMix Engineer: Joey Moi
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Award goes to Artist, Producer(s) and Mix Engineer(s)
Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville – Ashley McBrydeProducers: John Osborne, John PeetsMix Engineers: Gena Johnson, John OsborneBell Bottom Country – Lainey WilsonProducer: Jay JoyceMix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay JoyceGettin’ Old – Luke CombsProducers: Luke Combs, Chip Matthews, Jonathan SingletonMix Engineers: Michael H. Brauer, Jim Cooley, Chip MatthewsOne Thing At A Time – Morgan WallenProducers: Jacob Durrett, Charlie Handsome, Joey Moi, Cameron MontgomeryMix Engineers: Josh Ditty, Joey Moi, Eivind NordlandRolling Up the Welcome Mat – Kelsea BalleriniProducers: Kelsea Ballerini, Alysa VanderheymMix Engineers: Dan Grech-Marguerat, Alysa Vanderheym
SONG OF THE YEAR
Award goes to Songwriter(s)
“Fast Car”Songwriter: Tracy Chapman”Heart Like A Truck”Songwriters: Trannie Anderson, Dallas Wilson, Lainey Wilson”Next Thing You Know”Songwriters: Jordan Davis, Greylan James, Chase McGill, Josh Osborne”Tennessee Orange”Songwriters: David Fanning, Paul Jenkins, Megan Moroney, Ben Williams”wait in the truck”Songwriters: Renee Blair, Michael Hardy, Hunter Phelps, Jordan Schmidt
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Kelsea BalleriniMiranda LambertAshley McBrydeCarly PearceLainey Wilson
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Luke CombsJelly RollCody JohnsonChris StapletonMorgan Wallen
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Lady ALittle Big TownMidlandOld DominionZac Brown Band
VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
Brooks & DunnBrothers OsborneDan + ShayMaddie & TaeThe War And Treaty
MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
Award goes to Artists and Producer(s)
“Save Me” – Jelly Roll (with Lainey Wilson)Producers: Zach Crowell, David Ray Stevens”She Had Me At Heads Carolina (Remix)” – Cole Swindell & Jo Dee MessinaProducer: Zach Crowell”Thank God” – Kane Brown (with Katelyn Brown)Producer: Dann Huff”wait in the truck” – HARDY (feat. Lainey Wilson)Producers: HARDY, Joey Moi, Jordan Schmidt, Derek Wells”We Don’t Fight Anymore” – Carly Pearce (featuring Chris Stapleton)Producers: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Carly Pearce
MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
Jenee FleenorPaul FranklinRob McNelleyDerek WellsCharlie Worsham
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Award goes to Artist(s) and Director(s)
“Light On In The Kitchen” – Ashley McBrydeDirector: Reid Long”Memory Lane” – Old DominionDirectors: Mason Allen, Nicki Fletcher”Need A Favor” – Jelly RollDirector: Patrick Tohill”Next Thing You Know” – Jordan DavisDirector: Running Bear”wait in the truck” – HARDY (feat. Lainey Wilson)Director: Justin Clough
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Zach BryanJelly RollParker McCollumMegan MoroneyHailey Whitters
2023 CMA BROADCAST AWARDS – FINALISTS FOR BROADCAST PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR (by market size):
“American Country Countdown” (Kix Brooks) – Cumulus/Westwood One”Country Countdown USA” (Lon Helton) – Compass Media Networks”Honky Tonkin’ with Tracy Lawrence” (Tracy Lawrence and Patrick Thomas) – Silverfish Media”On The Horizon with Buzz Brainard” (Buzz Brainard) – SiriusXM”Y’all Access with Kelly Sutton” (Kelly Sutton) – Firefly Media/Silverfish Media
“Angie Ward” – iHeartMedia”The Big D and Bubba Show” (Derek “Big D” Haskins, Sean “Bubba” Powell, Patrick Thomas, and Carsen Humphreville) – Silverfish Media”Katie & Company” (Katie Neal) – Audacy”Nights with Elaina” (Elaina Smith) – Westwood One”The Sam Alex Show” (Sam Alex) – Sam Alex Productions, LLC
“Chris Carr & Company” (Chris Carr, Kia Becht, and Sam Sansevere) – KEEY, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.”Frito & Katy” (Tucker “Frito” Young and Katy Dempsey) – KCYY, San Antonio, Texas”Hawkeye in the Morning with Hawkeye and Michelle” (“Hawkeye” Mark Louis Rybczyk and Michelle Rodriguez) – KSCS, Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas”Josh, Rachael & Grunwald” (Josh Holleman, Rachael Hunter, and Steve Grunwald) – WYCD, Detroit, Mich.”Scotty Kay” (Scotty Kay) – WUSN, Chicago, Ill.
“The Big Dave Show” (“Big Dave” Chandler, Ashley Heiert, and Jason “Stattman” Statt) – WUBE, Cincinnati, Ohio”The Morning Drive with Mike Kellar and Jenny Matthews” (Mike Kellar and Jenny Matthews) – KBEQ, Kansas City, Mo.”Scott and Shannen” (Scott Dolphin and “Shannen O” Oesterreich) – WMIL, Milwaukee-Racine, Wis.”Tim & Chelsea In The Morning” (Tim Leary and Chelsea Taylor) – WIRK, West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, Fla.”The Wayne D Show” (“Wayne D” Danielson and Tay Hamilton) – WSIX, Nashville, Tenn.
“Cait & Bradley Morning Show” (Cait Fisher and Matt Bradley) – KWEN, Tulsa, Okla.”Clay & Company” (Clay Moden, Rob Banks, and Kadie Daye) – WYRK, Buffalo-Niagara Falls, N.Y.”Ellis and Bradley Show” (Bill Ellis and Beth Bradley) – WSSL, Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C.”Mo & StyckMan” (Melissa “Mo” Wagner and Greg “StyckMan” Owens) – WUSY, Chattanooga, Tenn.”Steve & Gina In The Morning” (Steve Lundy and Gina Melton) – KXKT, Omaha-Council Bluffs, Neb.-Iowa
“The B100 Morning Show with Brittney Baily” (Brittney Baily) – WBYT, South Bend, Ind.”The Eddie Foxx Show” (Eddie Foxx and Amanda Foxx) – WKSF, Asheville, N.C.”Officer Don & DeAnn” (“Officer Don” Evans and DeAnn Stephens) – WBUL, Lexington-Fayette, Ky.”Steve & Tiffany in the Morning” (Steve Waters and Tiffany Kay) – WFLS, Fredericksburg, Va.”Steve, Ben and Nikki” (Steve Stroud, Ben Walker, and Nikki Thomas) – WXBQ, Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tenn.-Va.
2023 CMA BROADCAST AWARDS – FINALISTS FOR RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (by market size):
KCYY – San Antonio, TexasKEEY – Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minn.KKBQ – Houston, TexasKSCS – Dallas-Fort Worth, TexasWXTU – Philadelphia, Pa.
WIRK – West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, Fla.WKDF – Nashville, Tenn.WMIL – Milwaukee-Racine, Wis.WUBE – Cincinnati, OhioWWKA – Orlando, Fla.
KUZZ – Bakersfield, Calif.KXKT – Omaha-Council Bluffs, Neb.-IowaWGGY – Wilkes Barre-Scranton, Pa.WPCV – Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla.WQMX – Akron, Ohio
KCLR – Columbia, Mo.WBYT – South Bend, Ind.WKML – Fayetteville, N.C.WXBQ – Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tenn.-Va.WYCT – Pensacola, Fla.