Lainey Wilson Makes History With CMA Award Nominations

Lainey Wilson at the 2022 CMA Awards

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Lainey Wilson Earns More CMA Award Nominations Than Any Other Artist In 2023

CMA Award nominees were announced on Thursday (September 7), and Lainey Wilson leads the pack. She scored the highest number of nominations this year, with a total of nine.

Wilson is only the fourth artist in CMA history to earn nine or more nominations in one year. Both Merle Haggard and Miranda Lambert received nine nominations in the past (Haggard in 1970, Lambert in 2010 and 2014).

Alan Jackson holds the record for the most CMA nominations in a single year. He earned 10 nominations in 2002.

How Lainey’s CMA Nominations Resulted In Her Making History

Furthermore, Wilson made history with her CMA Award nominations this year. As Billboard reports, she “is the first artist in CMA history to top the nominations list in her first two appearances on the final ballot.”

Wilson was a first-time nominee at the 2022 CMA Awards. She scored six nominations that year, more than anyone else. She walked home with the trophies for New Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year.

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Additionally, Wilson is the first artist in 13 years to score two nominations for Single of the Year in the same year. “Heart Like a Truck” and “wait in the truck” (her collaboration with HARDY) were both nominated in the category.

Lainey Wilson Secured Her First Nomination For CMA Entertainer Of The Year

To top it off, Wilson earned her first nomination in the coveted Entertainer of the Year category. Her fellow nominees include Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Morgan Wallen, and Luke Combs (the reigning winner).

Lainey Wilson earns CMA Award nomination for Entertainer of the Year
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Check Out All Of Lainey’s CMA Award Nominations Below

  • Entertainer of the Year
  • Female Vocalist of the Year
  • Single of the Year for “Heart Like A Truck”
  • Single of the Year for “wait in the truck” (with HARDY)
  • Album of the Year for Bell Bottom Country
  • Song of the Year for “Heart Like a Truck”
  • Musical Event of the Year for “Save Me” (With Jelly Roll)
  • Musical Event of the Year for “wait in the truck” (with HARDY)
  • Music Video of the Year for “wait in the truck”

Lainey Reacts To Her History-Making Nominations

Following the nominations announcement, Wilson shared a grateful post on social media. She said:

Holy moly y’all. Someone pinch me. I can’t believe my eyes…Being nominated in each of these categories amongst my friends means the world to me. And the coveted Entertainer Of The Year category?! It’s absolutely surreal. We bust our butts out there on the road every dang night to give y’all the best show possible and I have the time of my life doing it. All I gotta say is thank y’all. I love country music.


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The 2023 CMA Awards will be held on November 8 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Peyton Manning and Luke Bryan will host the ceremony, which airs on ABC.

Mark your calendars to see how many awards Wilson wins that night!

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