2023 CMA Awards Nominees Announced

Country Music Association

The 2023 CMA Awards nominees were announced Thursday morning (September 7) and there was some history made!

Lainey Wilson emerged as this year’s artist to beat with nine nominations. Wilson, who was last year’s New Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year, earned a nod for the event’s biggest award — Entertainer of the Year. She also made history as the first and only artist to lead nominations in her first two appearances on the CMA ballot. (She also had the most nominations in 2022).

This year’s nine nominations ties her with Miranda Lambert (2010 and 2014) and Merle Haggard (1970) for second place behind Alan Jackson’s 10 nominations in 2002 for the most earned by an artist in a single year.