Lainey Wilson topped the 2023 CMA nominations in early September with this year’s nominee list for the show, which will take place on November 8 in Nashville. She scored nine nods in total, including the top nomination for Entertainer of the Year. She is nominated in the latter category against Carrie Underwood, Morgan Wallen, Luke Combs, and Chris Stapleton.
Lainey’s other nominations include being nominated twice in the Musical Event category, once with HARDY for “Wait in The Truck” and the second nod with Jelly Roll for “Save Me.” She is also nominated for Album of the Year for Bell Bottom Country (an award she won from the ACMs in May) and her second nomination for CMA Female Vocalist of the Year. She won the honor at last year’s (2022) CMA Awards in Nashville.
Wilson was nominated twice for Single and Song of the Year for her song “Heart Like A Truck” and for her duet with HARDY, “Wait In The Truck.” Her ninth nomination is for Video of the Year for “Wait In The Truck.”
Lainey posted a lengthy post to her fans on Instagram when the nominations came out (9/7). She wrote at the time, “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. Thank y’all for having me on these songs.”
She continued, “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.”
Wilson closed with, “All I gotta say is thank y’all. I love country music.”
As we look at and ponder her many nominations, we speculate a bit about what five awards she will likely take home on CMA Awards night (11/8).