This year’s Country Music Association Awards brought many amazing moments our way, and Lainey Wilson was their shiniest star. After coming into the night as the most nominated artist with nine nods, she managed to take five trophies home.
Wilson was one of the artists competing for the biggest awards of the night: entertainer of the year and she managed to come out victorious! She defeated the likes of Luke Combs, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, and Morgan Wallen to take this award home.
Wilson’s Bell Bottom Country was named album of the year at this year’s CMA Awards, beating Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville by Ashley McBryde, Gettin’ Old by Luke Combs, One Thing at a Time by Morgan Wallen, and Rolling Up the Welcome Mat by Kelsea Ballerini.
Wilson was also crowned as this year’s female vocalist of the year, beating tough competition from Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde, and Carly Pearce. Her Hardy collaboration “Wait in the Truck” won her two more awards: music video of the year and musical event of the year.
Luke Combs was also one of the biggest winners of the night, with three awards. In addition to collecting the International Artist Achievement Award, his cover of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” was named both the single and song of the year.
The 2023 Country Music Association Awards returned to Nashville, Tennessee on November 8, with Luke Bryan with Peyton Manning serving as the ceremony’s hosts.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS AT THE 2023 CMA AWARDS:
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
*Lainey Wilson — WINNER!
SINGLE OF THE YEAR
*”Fast Car” – Luke Combs — WINNER!
“Heart Like A Truck” – Lainey Wilson
“Need A Favor” – Jelly Roll
“Next Thing You Know” – Jordan Davis
“wait in the truck” – HARDY (feat. Lainey Wilson)
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville – Ashley McBryde
*Bell Bottom Country – Lainey Wilson — WINNER!
Gettin’ Old – Luke Combs
One Thing At A Time – Morgan Wallen
Rolling Up the Welcome Mat – Kelsea Ballerini
SONG OF THE YEAR
* “Fast Car” – Songwriter: Tracy Chapman — WINNER!
“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
*Lainey Wilson — WINNER!
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
*Chris Stapleton — WINNER!
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Little Big Town
*Old Dominion — WINNER!
Zac Brown Band
VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
Brooks & Dunn
*Brothers Osborne — WINNER!
Dan + Shay
Maddie & Tae
The War And Treaty
MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
“Save Me” – Jelly Roll (with Lainey Wilson)
“She Had Me At Heads Carolina (Remix)” – Cole Swindell & Jo Dee Messina
“Thank God” – Kane Brown (with Katelyn Brown)
*”wait in the truck” – HARDY (feat. Lainey Wilson) — WINNER!
“We Don’t Fight Anymore” – Carly Pearce (featuring Chris Stapleton)
MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
*Jenee Fleenor — WINNER!
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
“Light On In The Kitchen” – Ashley McBryde/Director: Reid Long
“Memory Lane” – Old Dominion/Directors: Mason Allen, Nicki Fletcher
“Need A Favor” – Jelly Roll/Director: Patrick Tohill
“Next Thing You Know” – Jordan Davis/Director: Running Bear
*”wait in the truck” – HARDY (feat. Lainey Wilson)/Director: Justin Clough — WINNER!
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
*Jelly Roll — WINNER!