CMA Awards 2023: The Complete List of Winners, Including Lainey Wilson, Newly Crowned Entertainer of the Year

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Luke Combs’ “Fast Car” Triumphs: A Double Win for the Tracy Chapman Classic

Luke Combs and his captivating rendition of the Tracy Chapman classic, “Fast Car,” emerged as early highlights at the 2023 CMA Awards, clinching two prestigious awards. The soulful cover earned Combs accolades for Single of the Year and Song of the Year, setting the tone for an evening filled with musical brilliance and recognition.

Jelly Roll’s New Artist Triumph: A Poetic Victory

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In a highly competitive category celebrating fresh faces in country music, Jelly Roll secured the New Artist of the Year award. In a gracious acceptance speech, Jelly Roll acknowledged fellow nominee Zach Bryan, recognizing his commercial success and declaring, “There is something poetic about a 39-year-old man winning new artist of the year.” His inspirational words resonated as he emphasized the importance of looking forward and celebrating the journey ahead.

Lainey Wilson Dominates: A Night to Remember

Lainey Wilson‘s stellar performance at the 2023 CMA Awards was nothing short of extraordinary. In only her second year of nominations and her inaugural year contending for the coveted Entertainer of the Year Wilson emerged victorious in multiple categories solidifying her status as a rising star in the country music scene. She claimed top honors for Album of the Year Female Vocalist of the Year Music Video of the Year and Music Event of the Year, the latter two in collaboration with Hardy.

Wilson’s Entertainer of the Year win was a crowning achievement, highlighting her rapid ascent and the industry’s recognition of her exceptional talent. On a night filled with stellar performances and heartfelt acceptance speeches, Wilson’s dominance stood out as a testament to her authenticity, vocal prowess, and undeniable impact on the country music landscape.

Chris Stapleton’s Seventh Male Vocalist Win: A Humble Acknowledgment

Chris Stapleton a perennial favorite in the country music scene clinched the Male Vocalist of the Year award for the seventh time. In his characteristically humble manner, Stapleton acknowledged the significance of the accolade expressing gratitude to his wife Morgane Stapleton, and paying tribute to friends lost during the year including his former partner in the Steel Drivers Mike Henderson.

Brothers Osborne and Old Dominion: Duo and Group Excellence

Brothers Osborne continued their impressive streak, securing the Vocal Duo of the Year award for the sixth time. T.J. Osborne’s light-hearted joke during the acceptance speech added a touch of humor to the evening, emphasizing the ongoing shock of their repeated victories. Meanwhile, Old Dominion maintained its stronghold on the Group of the Year award, clinching it for the sixth consecutive year.

Unforgettable Performances: From Gospel Vibes to Surprise Duets

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The CMA Awards 2023 featured memorable performances that captivated the audience from start to finish. Jelly Roll opened the show with an unannounced guest, Wynonna Judd, joining him for a gospel choir-fueled rendition of “Need a Favor.” Another surprise came as Morgan Wallen brought out Eric Church to recreate their duet of “Man Made a Bar.” Wallen and Jelly Roll continued to shine with additional performances during the telecast, including a special tribute to Wynonna featuring a duet of the Judds’ classic, “Love Can Build a Bridge,” with K. Michelle.

Leading Nominees and Collaborative Brilliance: A Reflection on the Night

Lainey Wilson entered the awards ceremony as the leading nominee, boasting nine nominations, while Jelly Roll followed closely with five. The collaborative brilliance showcased throughout the night, from unexpected duets to all-star salutes, underscored the camaraderie and creativity within the country music community.

Conclusion: Celebrating Excellence and Diversity in Country Music

As the curtain falls on the CMA Awards 2023, the complete list of winners reflects the excellence, diversity, and evolving landscape of country music. From Luke Combs’ heartfelt tribute to Tracy Chapman to Lainey Wilson‘s unprecedented dominance, the night celebrated the past year’s achievements while pointing towards the promising future of the genre. As fans and artists alike savor the moments of triumph, the CMA Awards continue to be a beacon of recognition, inspiration, and celebration within the vibrant world of country music.

Performances from the CMAs can be viewed individually here on YouTube, prior to the entire show becoming available on Hulu Thursday.

The complete list of winners, in bold in their respective categories:

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 (feat. 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 (feat. Lainey Wilson)

Director: Justin Clough

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • Zach Bryan
  • Jelly Roll
  • Parker McCollum
  • Megan Moroney
  • Hailey Whitters

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