In yet another remarkable year for the rising country star, Lainey Wilson has clinched the top spot in the CMA Awards nominations for the second consecutive year. This achievement marks an unprecedented milestone in her career, solidifying her status as a breakout artist in the country music scene.
Last year, Lainey Wilson made her debut on the CMA stage with an impressive six nominations. Fast forward to 2023, and she has not only surpassed her previous record but also etched her name in the annals of history by becoming the first and only artist to dominate the nominations list in her first two appearances on the ballot.
This year’s nominations have skyrocketed to nine, showcasing her versatility and talent across various categories. Lainey Wilson is in contention for honors such as Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Music Video of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, and Female Vocalist of the Year. Moreover, she has earned double nominations in both the Single of the Year category (for her hit “Heart Like a Truck” and her contributions to HARDY’s “Wait in the Truck”) and the Musical Event of the Year category (once again for “Wait in the Truck” and her collaboration with Jelly Roll on “Save Me”).
With these nine nominations, Lainey Wilson finds herself in esteemed company, tying with legends like Merle Haggard and Miranda Lambert for the most nominations in a single year. Her impressive feat places her just one nod shy of Alan Jackson’s record-setting ten nominations in 2002.
Following closely behind, Jelly Roll, a first-time nominee, boasts a commendable five nominations. Meanwhile, Luke Combs and HARDY each secured four nominations, and there’s a chance that either of them could walk away with six trophies if they sweep their respective categories.
Luke Combs, in addition to his nominations in the Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year categories, is also recognized as the performer and producer of his chart-topping rendition of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car,” nominated for Single of the Year. He further shines with his latest album, “Gettin’ Old,” which earns a nomination for Album of the Year.
HARDY, like Combs, is recognized for his multifaceted talent. His song “Wait in the Truck” earned nominations in both the Single and Musical Event of the Year categories, as he takes on performing and production duties for this standout track.
In the other major categories, notable artists such as Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, and Morgan Wallen join the race for Entertainer of the Year, while Megan Moroney’s “Tennessee Orange” and Jordan Davis’ “Next Thing You Know” complete the Song of the Year category.
Mark your calendars for the highly anticipated 2023 CMA Awards, scheduled to air on November 8th at 8 p.m. Eastern on ABC. It promises to be a night filled with extraordinary talent and unforgettable moments in the world of country music.
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