Wilson achieved critical acclaim with her song “Things a Man Oughta Know”, leading her to nominations for Album of the Year, Female Vocalist and Song of the Year.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Originally from Louisiana, Lainey Wilson is having an exceptional year as she leads the Country Music Association Awards nominations in her first year as a nominee, earning nods in six categories, including Album of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, and Song of the Year.
Wilson is only the fourth artist in CMA history to earn six nominations in her debut year, following Glen Campbell, Brad Paisley and Kacey Musgraves. She is also up for New Artist of the Year, Music Video and Music Event.
“This is the first time I have been cordially invited to the CMA Awards and what a wonderful invitation it is,” Wilson said in a statement. “It’s been such a difficult but beautiful journey so far and to see the country music community and the amazing fans being so receptive to me and my music is such a blessing. I’m so grateful for this moment.”
Other main nominees include Ashley McBryde, Carly Pearce, Chris Stapleton and writer-producer Shane McAnally, all of whom have nominations in five categories. The CMA Awards, hosted by Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning, will air Wednesday, November 9 on ABC.
“There is a lot of love, respect and admiration between artists in these categories. We do a good job of challenging each other and raising the bar, while encouraging each other. We all work hard and let’s do our best to perform. Thank you for acknowledging our work, listening to and loving country music,” McBryde said in a statement.
Wilson’s 2021 album “Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin'” last year earned him critical acclaim, boosted by the success of his No. 1 country radio hit “Things a Man Oughta Know” . His next album, “Bell Bottom Country,” is due out in October.
The reigning CMA Artist of the Year, Luke Combs, returns to the top category, alongside Miranda Lambert, Stapleton, Carrie Underwood and Morgan Wallen. This is Wallen’s first nomination in the category.
“Music has been the driving force in my life since I started chasing that dream at 17, and what I’ve learned since then is that people make music mean what it means. None of this matters without the songwriters who pour out their hearts alongside me, the co-producers who help bring our words to life, and most importantly, the fans who find themselves in those words.” , Lambert said in a statement.
McBryde and Pearce share four nominations for their hit duet “Never Wanted To Be That Girl,” which they co-wrote with McAnally. McBryde and Pearce are also up for singer of the year, alongside Lambert, Underwood and Wilson.
Stapleton is nominated for Single and Song of the Year for “You Should Probably Leave”, which he also co-produced with Dave Cobb. He is also nominated alongside Taylor Swift, for his participation in her music video “I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)”. Actor Blake Lively was nominated for directing the music video.
Lambert extended her historic run as the most nominated female artist in CMA history, with now 61 nominations. She is only behind George Strait and Alan Jackson for most nominations. She earned her 16th consecutive nomination for the singer, also a record. She’s also nominated for Album of the Year for “Palomino,” which she co-produced.
Alongside Lambert and Wilson in the album of the year category, we find Combs for his album “Growin’ Up”, Maren Morris for “Humble Quest” and Old Dominion for “Time, Tequila & Therapy”. Eric Church joins Combs, Stapleton, Wallen and Cody Johnson in the Male Vocalist of the Year category.
On line: https://cmaawards.com
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