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Wilson tops ACM nominations with six

Wednesday, September 7, 2022 – First-time nominee Lainey Wilson led the Country Music; 56th Annual CMA Awards with six nominations.

Other top nominees include Ashley McBryde, Carly Pearce, and Chris Stapleton, along with songwriter and producer Shane McAnally, each with five nominations. Cody Johnson and songwriter/producer Josh Osborne collect four nominations each. Luke Combs, HARDY, Miranda Lambert, Midland and Carrie Underwood secure three nominations apiece.

Vying for the night's highest honor, reigning Entertainer of the Year Combs is nominated again in the category alongside Lambert, Stapleton, Underwood and Morgan Wallen.

"This is my first time being cordially invited to the CMA Awards and what a wonderful invitation it is," said Wilson. "It has been such a challenging but beautiful journey up until this point and to see the Country music community and the incredible fans be so receptive to me and my music is such a blessing. I'm so grateful for this moment," Wilson said.

"Ever since I was a little kid, I've watched my hero's accept CMA awards; to be nominated for four is an absolute honor!" said Johnson. "I stand for a unique brand of authentic country music, and to see it being recognized on such a huge platform makes all the years of hard work worth it."

The awards, hosted by Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning, will be Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. on ABC from Nashville Wednesday, Nov. 9.

First-time CMA Awards nominees include BRELAND, Alexa Campbell, Jack Clarke, Dan Grech-Marguerat, Jacob Davis, Dustin Haney, Walker Hayes, Josh Jenkins, Matt Jenkins, Jason Lehning, Blake Lively, Chip Matthews, Parker McCollum, Michael Monaco, Jason Nix, Mikey Reaves, Harper Smith, Trent Willmon, and Wilson.

"It's thrilling to celebrate these deserving nominees while our industry is returning to live music," said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. "This year's slate is impressive, with some nominees logging historic milestones while others are just getting started. No matter what stage in their career, they each bring a unique voice and unforgettable story to life, showing that Country Music is stronger than ever! We look forward to honoring them this November."

Nominees were:

Entertainer of the Year
Luke Combs
Miranda Lambert
Chris Stapleton
Carrie Underwood
Morgan Wallen

Single of the Year Award goes to Artist(s), Producer(s) and Mix Engineer  "
Buy Dirt" – Jordan Davis featuring Luke Bryan; Producer: Paul DiGiovanni; Mix Engineer: Jim Cooley
"half of my hometown" – Kelsea Ballerini (feat. Kenny Chesney); Producers: Kelsea Ballerini, Ross Copperman, Jimmy Robbins; Mix Engineer: Dan Grech-Marguerat
"Never Wanted To Be That Girl" – Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde; Producers: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne; Mix Engineer: Ryan Gore
"'Til You Can't" – Cody Johnson; Producer: Trent Willmon; Mix Engineer: Jack Clarke
"You Should Probably Leave" – Chris Stapleton; Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton; Mix Engineer: Vance Powell

Album of the Year Award goes to Artist(s), Producer(s) and Mix Engineer(s)
Growin' Up – Luke Combs; Producers: Luke Combs, Chip Matthews, Jonathan Singleton; Mix Engineers: Jim Cooley, Chip Matthews
Humble Quest – Maren Morris; Producer: Greg Kurstin; Mix Engineer: Serban Ghenea
Palomino – Miranda Lambert; Producers: Luke Dick, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall, Mikey Reaves; Mix Engineer: Jason Lehning
Sayin' What I'm Thinkin' – Lainey Wilson; Producer: Jay Joyce; Mix Engineer: F. Reid Shippen
Time, Tequila & Therapy – Old Dominion; Producers: Shane McAnally, Old Dominion; Mix Engineer: Justin Niebank

Song of the Year Award goes to Songwriter(s) 
"Buy Dirt" Songwriters: Jacob Davis, Jordan Davis, Josh Jenkins, Matt Jenkins
"Never Wanted To Be That Girl" Songwriters: Shane McAnally, Ashley McBryde, Carly Pearce "
Sand In My Boots" Songwriters: Ashley Gorley, Michael Hardy, Josh Osborne
"Things A Man Oughta Know" Songwriters: Jason Nix, Jonathan Singleton, Lainey Wilson
"You Should Probably Leave" Songwriters: Chris DuBois, Ashley Gorley, Chris Stapleton

Female Vocalist of the Year
Miranda Lambert
Ashley McBryde
Carly Pearce
Carrie Underwood
Lainey Wilson

Male of the Year
Eric Church
Luke Combs
Cody Johnson
Chris Stapleton
Morgan Wallen

Vocal Goup of the Year
Lady A
Little Big Town
Old Dominion
Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo of the Year
Brooks & Dunn
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Maddie & Tae

Musical Event of the Year Award goes to Artist(s) and Producer(s) 
"Beers On Me" – Dierks Bentley with BRELAND and HARDY; Producers: Dierks Bentley, Ross Copperman
"If I Didn't Love You" – Jason Aldean & Carrie Underwood; Producer: Michael Knox
"Longneck Way To Go" – Midland (featuring Jon Pardi); Producers: Dann Huff, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
"Never Say Never" – Cole Swindell (with Lainey Wilson); Producer: Zach Crowell
"Never Wanted To Be That Girl" – Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde; Producers: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne

Musician of the Year
Jenee Fleenor, Fiddle
Paul Franklin, Steel guitar
Brent Mason, Guitar
Ilya Toshinskiy, Banjo
Derek Wells, Guitar

Music Video of the Year Award goes to Artist(s) and Director(s) 
"I Bet You Think About Me" (Taylor's Version) (From The Vault) – Taylor Swift (featuring Chris Stapleton); Director: Blake Lively
"Longneck Way To Go" – Midland (featuring Jon Pardi); Director: Harper Smith "
Never Say Never" – Cole Swindell (with Lainey Wilson); Director: Michael Monaco
"Never Wanted To Be That Girl" – Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde; Director: Alexa Campbell
"'Til You Can't" – Cody Johnson; Director: Dustin Haney

New Artist of the Year
Walker Hayes
Cody Johnson
Parker McCollum
Lainey Wilson

2022 CMA Broadcast Awards
Broadcast Personality of the Year (by market size):

Weekly National
"American Country Countdown" (Kix Brooks) – Westwood One
"The Country Top 40 with Fitz" (Cory Fitzner) – Hubbard Radio
"The Crook & Chase Countdown" (Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase) – iHeartMedia
"Today's Country with Kelleigh Bannen" (Kelleigh Bannen) – Apple Music Radio
"With Elaina" (Elaina Smith) – Westwood One

Daily National
"Angie Ward" – iHeartMedia
"The Big D and Bubba Show" (Derek "Big D" Haskins, Sean "Bubba" Powell, Patrick Thomas, and Carsen Humphreville) – Compass Media Networks
"The Bobby Bones Show" (Bobby Bones, Amy Brown, "Lunchbox" Dan Chappell, Eddie Garcia, "Morgan #2" Huelsman, "Raymundo" Ray Slater, "Scuba Steve" Stephen Spradlin, "Mike D" Rodriguez, and "Phone Screener Abby" Anderson) – Premiere Networks
"Nights with Elaina" (Elaina Smith) – Westwood One
"The Sam Alex Show" (Sam Alex) – Sam Alex Productions, LLC

Major Market
"The Andie Summers Show" (Andie Summers) – WXTU, Philadelphia, Pa.
"Chris Carr & Company" (Chris Carr, Kia Becht, and McKaila Poppen) – KEEY, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn. "Danny Dwyer" – KUPL, Portland, Ore.
"Josh, Rachael & Grunwald" (Josh Holleman, Rachel Hunter, and Steve Grunwald) – WYCD, Detroit, Mich.
"The Morning Wolfpack with Matt McAllister" (Matt McAllister, Emily Raines, and Joe Wallace) – KKWF, Seattle

Large Market
"Jim, Deb & Kevin" (Jim Denny, Deborah Honeycutt and Kevin Freeman) – WFMS, Indianapolis, Ind.
"The Wayne D Show" ("Wayne D" Danielson and Tay Hamilton) – WSIX, Nashville, Tenn.
"The Dale Carter Morning Show" (Dale Carter) – KFKF, Kansas City, Mo.
"The Big Dave Show" ("Big Dave" Chandler, Chelsie Shinkle, Jason "Stattman" Statt, and Ashley Hempfling) – WUBE, Cincinnati, Ohio
"The Wake Up Call with David and Kelli" (David Bugenske and Kelli Green) – KFRG, Riverside-San Bernardino, Calif.
"The New Q-Morning Crew with Mike and Amanda" (Mike Wheless and Amanda Daughtry) – WQDR, Raleigh-Durham, N.C.

Medium Market
"Buzz Jackson" – KIIM, Tucson, Ariz.
"Cliff & Tanya in the Morning" (Cliff Dumas and Tanya Brakebill) – KUZZ, Bakersfield, Calif.
"Julie and DJ in the Morning" ("Julie K" Kansy, "D.J. Thee Trucker" Dale Sellers, and Jon Dennis) – WPCV, Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla.
"New Country Mornings with Nancy and Woody" (Nancy Wilson and Aaron "Woody" Woods) – WHKO, Dayton, Ohio
"Steve & Gina In The Morning" (Steve Lundy and Gina Melton) – KXKT, Omaha-Council Bluffs, Neb.-Iowa

Small Market
"The Cat Pak Morning Show with Brent and Mel" (Brent Lane and Mel McCrae) – WYCT, Pensacola, Fla. "Dr. Shane and Tess in the Morning" ("Dr. Shane" Collins and Tess Connell) – WPAP, Panama City, Fla.
"The Eddie Foxx Show" (Eddie Foxx and Amanda Foxx) – WKSF, Asheville, N.C.
"Liz & Scotty in the Morning" (Liz Del Grosso and Scotty Cox) – KCLR, Columbia, Mo.
"Officer Don & DeAnn" ("Officer Don" Evans and DeAnn Stephens) – WBUL, Lexington-Fayette, Ky.

Radio Station of the Year (by market size)

Major Market
KILT – Houston, Texas
KNIX – Phoenix, Ariz.
KSCS – Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
WXTU – Philadelphia, Pa.
WYCD – Detroit, Mich.

Large Market
KFKF – Kansas City, Mo.
WIRK – West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, Fla.
WMIL – Milwaukee-Racine, Wis.
WQDR – Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
WSIX – Nashville, Tenn.

Medium Market
KXKT – Omaha-Council Bluffs, Neb.-Iowa
WHKO – Dayton, Ohio
WIVK – Knoxville, Tenn.
WQMX – Akron, Ohio
WUSY – Chattanooga, Tenn.

Small Market
WCOW – La Crosse, Wis.
WKML – Fayetteville, N.C.
WKXC – Augusta, Ga.
WXBQ – Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tenn.-Va.
WXFL – Florence-Muscle Shoals, Ala.

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