Lainey Wilson Named Entertainer Of The Year At 2023 CMA Awards – Full List Of Winners

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Singer and Yellowstone TV star Lainey Wilson came into the 2023 Country Music Assn. Awards as the leading nominee, and she lived up to that advance billing by taking home five trophies Wednesday, including the top honor, Entertainer of the Year.

The CMAs were held at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville and broadcast live on ABC. It will be streaming on Hulu on Thursday.

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Performers on the night included Wilson, Luke Bryan, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Combs, Kenny Chesney and a noticeably slimmer Post Malone among others.

Wilson was the leading nominee for a second year in a row, boasting a record nine nominations. Jelly Roll was second with five, while Combs and Hardy each had four.

Jelly Roll started the night with surprise guest Wynonna Judd, both singing on the Jelly Roll hit “Need A Favor.”

Wynonna seemed to need a favor to fans watching her performance. Many commented on how unsteady she appeared onstage, holding tight to Jelly Roll’s jacket. She has previously complained of vertigo, and may have suffered an untimely bout.

Combs won for Single of the Year for his cover of Tracy Chapman’s 1988 hit “Fast Car.” It also won Song of the Year, which went to Chapman as the songwriter.

Chapman did not attend, but presenter Sara Evans read a statement from her.

“I’m sorry I couldn’t join you all,” she wrote, adding that it was “truly an honor for my song to be recognized 35 years after its debut.”

The winners on the night, listed in bold:

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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