Song Of The Year Winner Announced At 2023 CMA Awards

Country Music Association

The CMA Awards honor more than just the performer with awards that celebrate songwriters. 

The best and brightest in country music descended upon downtown Nashville tonight (Nov 8) for the 57th Annual CMA Awards. 

Each year, five songs rise above the rest and receive a nomination for the CMA Song of the Year Award. The songs honored in the category this year are: 

  • “Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman 
  • “Heart Like A Truck” by Trannie Anderson, Dallas Wilson, and Lainey Wilson 
  • “Next Thing You Know” by Jordan Davis, Greylan James, Chase McGill, Josh Osborne
  • “Tennessee Orange” by David Fanning, Paul Jenkins, Megan Moroney, and Ben Williams
  • “Wait in the Truck” by Renee Blair, Michael Hardy, Hunter Phelps, and Jordan Schmidt

What is the Song of the Year award? 

According to the CMA website, the Song of the Year Award goes to the songwriter(s) and is for “artistic achievement in songwriting.” Any Country Music song with original words and music is eligible based on the song’s chart activity. 

The CMA Awards are voted on by members of the Country Music Association – meaning award nominees and winners are honored by their peers in the music industry. Members of the CMA are music executives, artists, publicists, songwriters, musicians, touring personnel, and other industry professionals from all around the world.

The winner of the Song of the Year award is… 

Bill Anderson and Sara Evans shared the exciting news that the 2023 CMA Award for Song of the Year goes to… “Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman! Luke Combs recorded and released his rendition of the song which gave it a new life in the country music world.

Tracy Chapman was unable to attend the CMA Awards but sent these regards:

“I’m sorry I couldn’t join you all tonight, but it is truly an honor for my song to be newly recognized after 35 years since it’s debut.”

Congratulations, Tracy!  


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