CMA announces nominees for the 57th annual CMA Awards
Lainey Wilson Tops the List with Nine Nominations
NASHVILLE—The Country Music Association has announced nominees for “The 57th Annual CMA Awards,” with Lainey Wilson topping the list at nine nominations. Other top nominees include first-time nominee Jelly Roll with five nominations, while Luke Combs and HARDY collect four nominations each. Jordan Davis, Ashley McBryde, producer/mix engineer Joey Moi, songwriter/producer Jordan Schmidt, Chris Stapleton, Morgan Wallen and musician/producer Derek Wells secure three nominations apiece. Vying for the night’s highest honor, reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Combs is nominated again in the category alongside Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, Wallen and Lainey Wilson. “The 57th Annual CMA Awards,” hosted by Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning broadcasts LIVE from Nashville Wednesday, Nov. 8 (8:00 – 11:00 PM/EST) on ABC.
First-time CMA Awards nominees include Mason Allen, Trannie Anderson, Renee Blair, Michael H. Brauer, Katelyn Brown, Zach Bryan, Tracy Chapman, Josh Ditty, David Fanning, Nicki Fletcher, Greylan James, Jelly Roll, Paul Jenkins, Gena Johnson, Chase McGill, Cameron Montgomery, Megan Moroney, Austin Nivarel, Eivind Nordland, John Osborne, Hunter Phelps, David Ray Stevens, Patrick Tohill, Alysa Vanderheym, The War And Treaty, Hailey Whitters, Ben Williams, Dallas Wilson, and Charlie Worsham.
LAINEY WILSON – NINE NOMINATIONS
Reigning Female Vocalist and New Artist of the Year Lainey Wilson makes CMA Awards history yet again, becoming the only artist to top the nominations list in her first two appearances on the Final Ballot. In 2022, Lainey Wilson topped the nominations list with six nods as a first-time nominee. She now ties Merle Haggard and Miranda Lambert with nine nominations in a single year (Alan Jackson holds the record with 10 nominations in 2002). Her nine nominations include Entertainer, Single (x2), Album, Song, Female Vocalist, Musical Event (x2) and Music Video of the Year. “Heart Like A Truck” was produced by Jay Joyce, mixed by Jason Hall and Joyce, and written by Trannie Anderson, Dallas Wilson and Lainey Wilson. HARDY’s “wait in the truck,” which Lainey Wilson is featured on, was produced by HARDY, Joey Moi, Jordan Schmidt and Derek Wells, mixed by Moi, and written by Renee Blair, Michael Hardy (aka HARDY), Hunter Phelps and Schmidt. The song’s music video was directed by Justin Clough. Lainey Wilson’s album Bell Bottom Country was produced by Joyce and mixed by Hall and Joyce. Jelly Roll’s “Save Me,” which Lainey Wilson is featured on, was produced by Zach Crowell and David Ray Stevens.
JELLY ROLL – FIVE NOMINATIONS
Jelly Roll lands five nominations as a first-time nominee, joining artists including Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, Maren Morris, Willie Nelson and Gretchen Wilson with five nods in a first appearance on the Final Ballot. The record for most nominations in a debut year is six, with Glen Campbell, Kacey Musgraves, Brad Paisley and Lainey Wilson holding the current record. Jelly Roll’s nominations include Single, Male Vocalist, Musical Event, Music Video and New Artist of the Year. “Need A Favor” was produced by Austin Nivarel and mixed by Jeff Braun. The song’s music video was directed by Patrick Tohill. “Save Me,” which features Lainey Wilson, was produced by Zach Crowell and David Ray Stevens.
LUKE COMBS – FOUR NOMINATIONS
Back-to-back reigning Entertainer of the Year Luke Combs returns with his fourth consecutive nomination for the night’s highest honor. His chart-topping cover of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car,” produced by Combs, Chip Matthews and Jonathan Singleton, and mixed by Matthews, earns a Single of the Year nomination. In addition, Chapman also earns her first-ever CMA Award nomination for Song of the Year as the song’s sole writer. Combs’ Album of the Year nomination for Gettin’ Old earns him a third nomination in the category. Gettin’ Old was produced by Combs, Matthews and Singleton, and mixed by Michael H. Brauer, Jim Cooley and Matthews. With this year’s nods, Combs has received 22 total nominations since 2017.
HARDY – FOUR NOMINATIONS
HARDY lands four nominations this year with his hit collaboration “wait in the truck,” which features fellow nominee Lainey Wilson. “wait in the truck” was produced by HARDY, Joey Moi, Jordan Schmidt and Derek Wells, mixed by Moi, and written by Renee Blair, HARDY (known by Michael Hardy for songwriting purposes), Hunter Phelps, and Schmidt. The music video for the song was directed by Justin Clough. HARDY now has nine career nominations, three of which for Song of the Year.
JORDAN DAVIS – THREE NOMINATIONS
Reigning Song of the Year winner Jordan Davis clocks three nominations this year with his hit “Next Thing You Know,” including a second consecutive Song of the Year nod. The song was produced by Paul DiGiovanni, mixed by Jim Cooley, and written by Davis, Greylan James, Chase McGill and Josh Osborne. The music video was directed by Running Bear.
ASHLEY McBRYDE – THREE NOMINATIONS
Reigning Musical Event of the Year winner Ashley McBryde lands three nominations this year, bringing her career total to 15. She earns her fourth consecutive nomination for Female Vocalist and her second nomination in both the Album and Music Video categories. Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville was produced by John Osborne (of Brothers Osborne) and John Peets, and mixed by Gena Johnson and Osborne, marking the first time Osborne has received a solo nomination. The music video for “Light On In The Kitchen” was directed by Reid Long.
JOEY MOI – THREE NOMINATIONS
Joey Moi earns three nominations this year. He receives two nods in the Single and Musical Event categories as producer and mix engineer for HARDY’s “wait in the truck,” which features Lainey Wilson, as well as a nod for Album, again as producer and mix engineer for Morgan Wallen’s One Thing At A Time. With two previous nominations, Moi’s career nominations now total five.
JORDAN SCHMIDT – THREE NOMINATIONS
Jordan Schmidt earns three nominations this year for his work as both a producer and songwriter for HARDY’s “wait in the truck,” which features Lainey Wilson. Schmidt’s nominations this year bring his career total to four.
CHRIS STAPLETON – THREE NOMINATIONS
Back-to-back reigning Male Vocalist Chris Stapleton returns to both the Entertainer and Male Vocalist categories this year, marking his seventh Entertainer nomination and ninth Male Vocalist nomination. He adds a nomination for Musical Event for his feature on Carly Pearce’s “We Don’t Fight Anymore,” which was produced by Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne and Pearce. Stapleton’s career nominations now total 34.
MORGAN WALLEN – THREE NOMINATIONS
Morgan Wallen earns his second consecutive nomination in both the Entertainer and Male Vocalist categories this year. He also earns a second nomination for Album with One Thing At A Time, which was produced by Jacob Durrett, Charlie Handsome, Joey Moi and Cameron Montgomery, and mixed by Josh Ditty, Moi and Eivind Nordland. Wallen’s career nominations now total eight.
DEREK WELLS – THREE NOMINATIONS
Derek Wells lands his eighth consecutive nomination for Musician, while also earning nominations in two new categories. He earns nominations in Single and Musical Event for his work producing HARDY’s “wait in the truck,” which features Lainey Wilson. This year’s nominations bring Wells’ career total to 10.
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“THE 57th ANNUAL CMA AWARDS” – FINAL NOMINEES (by ballot category order):
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
SINGLE OF THE YEARAward goes to Artist(s), Producer(s) and Mix Engineer(s)
ALBUM OF THE YEARAward goes to Artist, Producer(s) and Mix Engineer(s)
SONG OF THE YEAR
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
2023 CMA BROADCAST AWARDS – FINALISTS FOR BROADCAST PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR (by market size):
2023 CMA BROADCAST AWARDS – FINALISTS FOR RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (by market size):
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