Country Music Association
The CMA Awards were held at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning returned for the second year together to host the show.
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Nearly 30 artists took the stage to perform a mix of their own hits and paying tribute to those who came before them. Jelly roll will be singing a tribute to The Judds, while Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney, Mac McAnally, and the Zac Brown Band will be performing a tribute to the late Jimmy Buffett. Morgan Wallen, HARDY, and singer-rapper Post Malone will be joining forces for a classic country medley.
Although there have been countless memorable performances, it is, in fact, an awards show! The CMA Awards handed out 12 awards in total, with a few being given before the broadcast began.
The nominees for Album of the Year are…
Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville
Producers: John Osborne, John Peets, Mix Engineers: Gena Johnson, John Osborne. Label: Warner Music Nashville
Bell Bottom Country
Producer: Jay Joyce, Mix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce. Label: Broken Bow Records
Producers: Like Combs, Chip Matthews, Jonathan Singleton, Mix Engineers: Michael H. Brauer, Jim Cooley, Chip Matthews. Label: River House Artists / Columbia Nashville
One Thing At A Time
Producers: Jacob Durrett, Charlie Handsome, Joey Moi, Cameron Montgomery, Mix Engineers: Josh Ditty, Joey Moi, Eivind Nordland. Label: Big Loud Records / Republic Records
Rolling Up the Welcome Mat
Producers: Kelsea Ballerini, Alysa Vanderheym, Mix Engineers: Dan Grech-Marguerat, Alysa Vanderheym. Label: Black River Entertainment
This marks the first Album of the Year win for Wilson, and it is well-deserved! Congratulations, Lainey!
“Man, oh man, oh man,” she said when she first got to the microphone.
Wilson then said, “Thank you Jesus, thank you to my family, thank you to my fans, thank you to my record label.”
She continued thanking everyone involved in making her album, from the songwriters to the musicians to the mix engineers, and everyone else.
“My love for storytelling came from being from…a town of 200 people. A town where yoou sit around the kitchen table and tell the same stories for years. Stories that get better every time you hear them,” she said to many cheers.
Congrats to Lainey Wilson on this incredible accomplishment!