The 57th CMA Awards is honoring some of the top talents and music of 2023, including the presentation of the Vocal Group of the Year award.
The CMA Awards were held at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning returned for the second year together to host the show.
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The Vocal Group of the Year award is determined by assessing a group’s musical performance on solo country singles or album releases, along with their broader contributions to country music during the eligibility period. For the purpose of the award, a group is defined as “an act composed of three or more people, both of whom normally perform together and none of whom are known primarily as individual performing artists,” though this was not always the case. In 1970, a separate category was established for vocal duos.
The nominees for this year’s award included:
- Lady A
- Little Big Town
- Old Dominion
- Zac Brown Band
The Statler Brothers hold the record for most wins in the category, with nine, while three-time recipients Alabama hold the record for most nominations, with twenty-one. The current holders of the award are Old Dominion, who won at the 56th Annual Country Music Association Awards in 2022.
And the CMA goes to…Old Dominion!
Tony winner, Cynthia Erivo, who is set to portray Elphaba in the upcoming Wicked film, took the stage to announce this year’s winner for Vocal Group of the Year.
This marks the sixth year in a row that Old Dominion has won the Vocal Group of the Year award! The group has been nominated for this prestigious award every year since 2016.
“This night has just been an amazing reminder of the talent pool that we have somehow waded into. Some people get to this point by their own sure will, but we got there by surrounding ourselves with the absolute best people, all the way from our families, to our friends, to our team, and to our fans who have showed us what our music can do. Thank you guys for letting us serve you in that way.”