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Wilson scores nine CMA nominations

Thursday, September 7, 2023 – The great year continues for Lainey Wilson, who had nine nominations for The 57th Annual CMA Awards.

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.

The night's highest honor - Entertainer of the Year - will come from among reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Combs, Wilson, Stapleton, Wallen and Wilson.

The CMAs, hosted by Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning, broadcasts live from Nashville Wednesday, Nov. 8, 8-11 p.m. eastern on ABC.

First-time CMA Awards nominees include Zach Bryan, Jelly Roll, The War And Treaty, Hailey Whitters, Jason Allen, Trannie Anderson, Renee Blair, Michael H. Brauer, Katelyn Brown, Tracy Chapman, Josh Ditty, David Fanning, Nicki Fletcher, Greylan James, 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, Ben Williams, Dallas Wilson, and Charlie Worsham.

Wilson, reigning Female Vocalist and New Artist of the Year Lainey Wilson made 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, 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).

Jelly Roll landed 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 Wilson holding the current record.

Back-to-back reigning Entertainer of the Year Combs returns with his fourth consecutive nomination for the top honor. Combs has received 22 total nominations since 2017.

Winners will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting CMA members, which will. be mailed Oct. 2. CMA Broadcast Awards winners will be determined by a final round of judging this month. Entries are judged by a panel of distinguished broadcast professionals, representing all market sizes and regions. The winners will be revealed in October and recipients will be honored at the CMA Awards.

Nominees are:

Nominees are:

Entertainer of the Year
*Luke Combs
*Chris Stapleton
*Carrie Underwood
*Morgan Wallen
*Lainey Wilson

Single of the Year - Award goes to Artist(s), Producer(s) and Mix Engineer(s)
*"Fast Car" – Luke Combs Producers: Luke Combs, Chip Matthews, Jonathan Singleton Mix Engineer: Chip Matthews
*"Heart Like A Truck" – Lainey Wilson Producer: Jay Joyce Mix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce
*"Need A Favor" – Jelly Roll Producer: Austin Nivarel Mix Engineer: Jeff Braun
*"Next Thing You Know" – Jordan Davis Producer: Paul DiGiovanni Mix Engineer: Jim Cooley
*"wait in the truck" – HARDY (featuring Lainey Wilson) Producers: HARDY, Joey Moi, Jordan Schmidt, Derek Wells Mix Engineer: Joey Moi

Album of the Year - Award goes to Artist, Producer(s) and Mix Engineer(s)
* Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville – Ashley McBryde Producers: John Osborne, John Peets Mix Engineers: Gena Johnson, John Osborne
* Bell Bottom Country – Lainey Wilson Producer: Jay Joyce Mix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce
* Gettin' Old – Luke Combs Producers: Luke Combs, Chip Matthews, Jonathan Singleton Mix Engineers: Michael H. Brauer, Jim Cooley, Chip Matthews
* One Thing At A Time – Morgan Wallen Producers: Jacob Durrett, Charlie Handsome, Joey Moi, Cameron Montgomery Mix Engineers: Josh Ditty, Joey Moi, Eivind Nordland
* Rolling Up the Welcome Mat – Kelsea Ballerini Producers: Kelsea Ballerini, Alysa Vanderheym Mix Engineers: Dan Grech-Marguerat, Alysa Vanderheym

Song of the Year- Award goes to Songwriter(s)
* "Fast Car" Songwriter: Tracy Chapman
* "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
* Kelsea Ballerini
* Miranda Lambert
* Ashley McBryde
* Carly Pearce
* Lainey Wilson

Male Vocalist of the Year
* Luke Combs
* Jelly Roll
* Cody Johnson
* Chris Stapleton
* Morgan Wallen

Vocal Group of the Year
* Lady A
* Little Big Town
* Midland
* Old Dominion
* Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo of the Year
* Brooks & Dunn
* Brothers Osborne
* Dan + Shay
* Maddie & Tae
* The War And Treaty

Musical Event of the Year - Award goes to Artists and Producer(s) \
* "Save Me" – Jelly Roll (with Lainey Wilson) Producers: Zach Crowell, David Ray Stevens
* "She Had Me At Heads Carolina (Remix)" – Cole Swindell & Jo Dee Messina Producer: Zach Crowell
* "Thank God" – Kane Brown (with Katelyn Brown) Producer: Dann Huff
* "wait in the truck" – HARDY (feat. Lainey Wilson) Producers: HARDY, Joey Moi, Jordan Schmidt, Derek Wells
* "We Don't Fight Anymore" – Carly Pearce (featuring Chris Stapleton) Producers: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Carly Pearce

Musician of the Year
* Jenee Fleenor
* Paul Franklin
* Rob McNelley
* Derek Wells
* Charlie Worsham

Music Video of the Year (Award goes to Artist(s) and Director(s) )
* "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 (featuring Lainey Wilson) Director: Justin Clough

New Artist of the Year
* Zach Bryan
* Jelly Roll
* Parker McCollum
* Megan Moroney
* Hailey Whitters

Broadcast Awards - Finalists for Broadcast Personality of the Year

Weekly National
* "American Country Countdown" (Kix Brooks) – Cumulus/Westwood One
* "Country Countdown USA" (Lon Helton) – Compass Media Networks
* "Honky Tonkin' with Tracy Lawrence" (Tracy Lawrence and Patrick Thomas) – Silverfish Media
* "On The Horizon with Buzz Brainard" (Buzz Brainard) – SiriusXM
* "Y'all Access with Kelly Sutton" (Kelly Sutton) – Firefly Media/Silverfish Media

Daily National
* "Angie Ward" – iHeartMedia
* "The Big D and Bubba Show" (Derek "Big D" Haskins, Sean "Bubba" Powell, Patrick Thomas, and Carsen Humphreville) – Silverfish Media
* "Katie & Company" (Katie Neal) - Audacy
* "Nights with Elaina" (Elaina Smith) – Westwood One
* "The Sam Alex Show" (Sam Alex) – Sam Alex Productions, LLC

Major Market
* "Chris Carr & Company" (Chris Carr, Kia Becht, and Sam Sansevere) – KEEY, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.
* "Frito & Katy" (Tucker "Frito" Young and Katy Dempsey) – KCYY, San Antonio, Texas
* "Hawkeye in the Morning with Hawkeye and Michelle" ("Hawkeye" Mark Louis Rybczyk and Michelle Rodriguez) – KSCS, Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
* "Josh, Rachael & Grunwald" (Josh Holleman, Rachael Hunter, and Steve Grunwald) – WYCD, Detroit, Mich.
* "Scotty Kay" (Scotty Kay) – WUSN, Chicago, Ill.

Large Market
* "The Big Dave Show" ("Big Dave" Chandler, Ashley Heiert, and Jason "Stattman" Statt) – WUBE, Cincinnati, Ohio
* "The Morning Drive with Mike Kellar and Jenny Matthews" (Mike Kellar and Jenny Matthews) – KBEQ, Kansas City, Mo.
* "Scott and Shannen" (Scott Dolphin and "Shannen O" Oesterreich) – WMIL, Milwaukee-Racine, Wis.
* "Tim & Chelsea In The Morning" (Tim Leary and Chelsea Taylor) – WIRK, West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, Fla.
* "The Wayne D Show" ("Wayne D" Danielson and Tay Hamilton) – WSIX, Nashville, Tenn.

Medium Market
* "Cait & Bradley Morning Show" (Cait Fisher and Matt Bradley) – KWEN, Tulsa, Okla.
* "Clay & Company" (Clay Moden, Rob Banks, and Kadie Daye) – WYRK, Buffalo-Niagara Falls, N.Y.
* "Ellis and Bradley Show" (Bill Ellis and Beth Bradley) – WSSL, Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C.
* "Mo & StyckMan" (Melissa "Mo" Wagner and Greg "StyckMan" Owens) – WUSY, Chattanooga, Tenn.
* "Steve & Gina In The Morning" (Steve Lundy and Gina Melton) – KXKT, Omaha-Council Bluffs, Neb.-Iowa

Small Market
* "The B100 Morning Show with Brittney Baily" (Brittney Baily) – WBYT, South Bend, Ind.
* "The Eddie Foxx Show" (Eddie Foxx and Amanda Foxx) – WKSF, Asheville, N.C.
* "Officer Don & DeAnn" ("Officer Don" Evans and DeAnn Stephens) – WBUL, Lexington-Fayette, Ky.
* "Steve & Tiffany in the Morning" (Steve Waters and Tiffany Kay) – WFLS, Fredericksburg, Va.
* "Steve, Ben and Nikki" (Steve Stroud, Ben Walker, and Nikki Thomas) – WXBQ, Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tenn.-Va.

Broadcast Awards - Finalists for Radio Station of the Year (by market size):

Major Market
* KCYY – San Antonio, Texas
* KEEY – Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minn.
* KKBQ – Houston, Texas
* KSCS – Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
* WXTU – Philadelphia, Pa.

Large Market
* WIRK – West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, Fla.
* WKDF – Nashville, Tenn.
* WMIL – Milwaukee-Racine, Wis.
* WUBE – Cincinnati, Ohio
* WWKA – Orlando, Fla.

Medium Market
* KUZZ – Bakersfield, Calif.
* KXKT – Omaha-Council Bluffs, Neb.-Iowa
* WGGY – Wilkes Barre-Scranton, Pa.
* WPCV – Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla.
* WQMX – Akron, Ohio

Small Market
* KCLR – Columbia, Mo.
* WBYT – South Bend, Ind.
* WKML – Fayetteville, N.C.
* WXBQ – Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tenn.-Va.
* WYCT – Pensacola, Fla.

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