Lainey Wilson Reacts After Making CMA Awards History With Record-Breaking Nine Nominations: “It’s Absolutely Surreal”

Wilson is the fourth artist in CMA Awards history to receive nine or more nominations in a single year, following Merle Haggard, Miranda Lambert and Alan Jackson.

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Posted on September 7, 2023

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Lainey Wilson; Photo Courtesy of Aubrey Wise/@aubreywisephoto

Lainey Wilson dominated the just-announced nominations for the 57th Annual CMA Awards and she made history along the way. 

The reigning CMA Female Vocalist and New Artist Of The Year made CMA Awards history again this year as the only artist to top the nominations list in her first two appearances on the Final Ballot.

Last year, the “Heart Like A Truck” singer topped the list of nominees with six nominations as a first-time nominee.

Nine Nominations

This year, Wilson earned a whopping nine nominations, including the coveted Entertainer Of The Year, Single Of The Year (“Wait In The Truck” with HARDY & “Heart Like A Truck”), Album Of The Year (‘Bell Bottom Country’), Song Of The Year (“Heart Like A Truck”), Female Vocalist Of The Year, Musical Event Of The Year (“Save Me” with Jelly Roll and “Wait In The Truck” with HARDY) and Music Video Of The Year (“Wait In The Truck” with HARDY). 

Lainey Wilson; Photo Courtesy of Instagram
Lainey Wilson; Photo Courtesy of Instagram

Reacts To Historic Success At CMA Awards

Upon hearing the news of her historic nominations, Wilson took to social media to showcase gratitude and share her reaction with fans.

“Holy moly y’all. Someone pinch me. I can’t believe my eyes. 🥹 I’m so proud of everything we’ve done this year for my own music and these collabs with my brothers @hardy and @jellyroll615,” she wrote. 

She continued, ”Thank y’all for having me on these songs ❤️ Being nominated in each of these categories amongst my friends means the world to me. And the coveted Entertainer Of The Year category?! It’s absolutely surreal. We bust our butts out there on the road every dang night to give y’all the best show possible and I have the time of my life doing it. All I gotta say is thank y’all. I love country music 🤘🏻”

History

Wilson is the fourth artist in CMA Awards history to receive nine or more nominations in a single year, following Merle Haggard and Miranda Lambert as well as Alan Jackson, who holds the record with 10 nominations in 2002.

She is also the first artist in 14 years to secure double nominations for Single Of The Year in the same year with “Heart Like a Truck” and her collaboration with HARDY on “Wait in the Truck.” Miranda Lambert was the last artist to achieve such recognition in the category in 2010, when she was nominated for “The House That Built Me” and “White Liar.”

Lainey Wilson; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Lainey Wilson; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Fans can tune into the 2023 CMA Awards in November to see if Wilson will take home the trophies. Co-hosted by country superstar Luke Bryan and National Football League Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning, the 57th Annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville on Wednesday, November 8 at 8/7c on ABC.

Wildly Successful Year

The news comes on the heels of another wildly successful year for Lainey Wilson. Earlier this year, Wilson headlined her sold-out Country With A Flare Tour. Following that successful run, Wilson spent time on the road with artists such as Luke Combs, HARDY, and Eric Church. 

She’s also headlining several of her own tour dates, including her first-ever stop at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. 

In August, Wilson broke The Great New York State Fair attendance record, drawing over 53,200 fans to Suburban Park in Syracuse, New York. Wilson’s performance shattered the previous record held by Nelly, who performed for 43,000 fans at the state fair in 2022.

Lainey Wilson; Photo Courtesy of Mason Goodson
Lainey Wilson; Photo Courtesy of Mason Goodson

Wilson recently joined Darius Rucker and The Cadillac Three as the new voices of ESPN’s College GameDay, and she is currently the face of Wrangler’s latest fashion campaign. 

Her current single, “Watermelon Moonshine,” is racing up the charts at country radio and recently made history as the fastest-rising single by a solo female in five years since Carrie Underwood’s “Cry Pretty” in 2018. The tune skyrocketed into the Top 10 on the Mediabase Country charts in just 13 weeks. 

Meanwhile, “Save Me,” Wilson’s collaboration with Jelly Roll was the most-added song at country radio this week, paving the way for yet another chart-topping radio hit.

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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