2023 CMT Music Awards Nominations: Lainey Wilson Leads, Cody Johnson, Jelly Roll & Kane Brown Follow

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Lauren Jo Black

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March 8, 2023

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Lainey Wilson; Photo by Getty Images for CMT, Cody Johnson; Photo by Getty Images for CMT, Jelly Roll; Photo by John Shearer, Kane Brown; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

CMT announced the nominees for the 2023 CMT Music Awards, and Lainey Wilson leads the pack with four nominations, including the top honor of Video of the Year. 

Previous CMT Music Awards winner Cody Johnson, first-time nominee Jelly Roll, and co-host Kane Brown follow with three nods each. 

The just-announced first round of nominations for Video of the Year includes a whopping 16 acts, including Carrie Underwood who is the most-awarded artist in CMT history. 

Carrie Underwood, Kelsea Ballerini; Photo by Rick Kern, Getty Images for CMT
Carrie Underwood, Kelsea Ballerini; Photo by Rick Kern, Getty Images for CMT

Other artists included in the night’s top category include Ashley McBryde with Caylee Hammack, Brandy Clark + Pillbox Patti, Blake Shelton, Cody Johnson, Elle King + Dierks Bentley, Gabby Barrett, HARDY + Lainey Wilson, Jimmie Allen, Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Morgan Wallen, Walker Hayes, plus co-hosts Kelsea Ballerini and Kane Brown with wife Katelyn. 

The Breakthrough Video of the Year category has been expanded for 2023 and is now broken into Male and Female categories for the first time ever. The 2023 Breakthrough Female nominees include Avery Anna, Kylie Morgan, MacKenzie Porter, Megan Moroney, Morgan Wade and Tiera Kennedy. Bailey Zimmerman, Corey Kent, Drake Milligan, Jackson Dean, Jelly Roll and Nate Smith are nominated in the Breakthrough Male category. 

Each winner is selected by the fans, with voting now open at vote.cmt.com.

2023 CMT Music Awards; Photo Provided
2023 CMT Music Awards; Photo Provided

Performers, presenters, and additional details about the 2023 CMT MUSIC AWARDS on CBS will be announced soon. 

Hosted by 2023 nominees Kane Brown and Kelsea Ballerini, the show airs LIVE from Austin, Texas’ Moody Center on Sunday, April 2, 2023 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS and will be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.* 

CMT will additionally air CMT MUSIC AWARDS EXTENDED CUT with an added 30 minutes of new performances and extra bonus content on Thursday, April 6th (8:00-11:30 PM, ET/PT), in addition to all new programming as part of CMT MUSIC AWARDS WEEK. Additional details are to be announced at a later date. 

The nominees for the 2023 CMT MUSIC AWARDS are:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Best video of the year; awarded to the artist (male, female, group/duo or collaboration). Top 6 nominees, from the first round of voting, will be announced on March 27. The final 3 nominees, from the second round of voting, will be announced on show day, April 2. Final voting will be determined via social media and announced as the final category during the live show.

·        Ashley McBryde, Caylee Hammack, Brandy Clark & Pillbox Patti – “Bonfire At Tina’s”

·        Blake Shelton – “No Body”

·        Carrie Underwood – “Hate My Heart”

·        Cody Johnson – “Human”

·        Elle King feat. Dierks Bentley – “Worth A Shot”

·        Gabby Barrett – “Pick Me Up”

·        HARDY feat. Lainey Wilson – “wait in the truck”

·        Jimmie Allen – “Down Home”

·        Kane Brown & Katelyn Brown – “Thank God”

·        Keith Urban – “Wild Hearts”

·        Kelsea Ballerini – “HEARTFIRST”

·        Little Big Town – “Rich Man”

·        Luke Bryan – “Country On”

·        Luke Combs – “The Kind Of Love We Make”

·        Morgan Wallen – “You Proof”

·        Walker Hayes – “AA”

FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Best video by a female artist; awarded to the artist.

·        Carly Pearce – “What He Didn’t Do”

·        Carrie Underwood – “Ghost Story”

·        Gabby Barrett – “Pick Me Up”

·        Kelsea Ballerini – “HEARTFIRST”

·        Lainey Wilson – “Heart Like A Truck”

·        Maren Morris – “Humble Quest”

·        Miranda Lambert – “Actin’ Up”

MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Best video by a male artist; awarded to the artist.

·        Bailey Zimmerman – “Rock and A Hard Place”

·        Cody Johnson – “Human”

·        Cole Swindell – “She Had Me At Heads Carolina”

·        Jelly Roll – “Son Of A Sinner”

·        Kane Brown – “Like I Love Country Music”

·        Luke Combs – “The Kind Of Love We Make”

·        Morgan Wallen – “Wasted On You”

GROUP/DUO VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Best video by a duo or group; awarded to the artists.

·        Dan + Shay – “You (Performance Video)”

·        Lady A – “Summer State Of Mind”

·        Little Big Town – “Hell Yeah”

·        Parmalee – “Take My Name”

·        The War And Treaty – “That’s How Love Is Made”

·        Zac Brown Band – “Out In The Middle”

BREAKTHROUGH FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Best video from a female artist’s major breakthrough album; awarded to the artist.

·        Avery Anna – “Narcissist”

·        Kylie Morgan – “If He Wanted To He Would”

·        MacKenzie Porter – “Pickup”

·        Megan Moroney – “Tennessee Orange”

·        Morgan Wade – “Wilder Days”

·        Tiera Kennedy – “Found It In You”

BREAKTHROUGH MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Best video from a male artist’s major breakthrough album; awarded to the artist.

·        Bailey Zimmerman – “Fall In Love”

·        Corey Kent – “Wild as Her”

·        Drake Milligan – “Sounds Like Something I’d Do”

·        Jackson Dean – “Don’t Come Lookin’”

·        Jelly Roll – “Son Of A Sinner”

·        Nate Smith – “Whiskey On You”

COLLABORATIVE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Best video from a collaboration; awarded to the artists.

·        Elle King feat. Dierks Bentley – “Worth A Shot”

·        HARDY feat. Lainey Wilson – “wait in the truck”

·        Ingrid Andress with Sam Hunt – “Wishful Drinking”

·        Kane Brown & Katelyn Brown – “Thank God”

·        Midland feat. Jon Pardi – “Longneck Way To Go”

·        Russell Dickerson feat. Jake Scott – “She Likes It”

·        Thomas Rhett & Katy Perry – “Where We Started”

CMT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Musical performance on a television show, series or variety special on CMT; awarded to the artist (individual, group or duo).

·        Black Pumas & Mickey Guyton – “Colors” (from 2022 CMT Music Awards)

·        Chris Stapleton – “Whenever You Come Around” (from CMT Giants: Vince Gill)

·        Cody Johnson – “‘Til You Can’t” (from 2022 CMT Music Awards)

·        Cole Swindell & Lainey Wilson – “Never Say Never” (from 2022 CMT Music Awards) 

·        Darius Rucker – “Let Her Cry” (from CMT Storytellers)

·        Emmy Russell & Lukas Nelson – “Lay Me Down” (from Coal Miner’s Daughter: A Celebration of the Life & Music of Loretta Lynn)

·        Keith Urban – “Wild Hearts” (from 2022 CMT Music Awards)

·        LeAnn Rimes with Ashley McBryde & Carly Pearce – “One Way Ticket” (from CMT Crossroads: LeAnn Rimes & Friends)

·        The Judds – “Love Can Build A Bridge” (from 2022 CMT Music Awards)

·        Wynonna Judd & Brandi Carlile – “The Rose” (from Naomi Judd: A River of Time Celebration)

CMT DIGITAL-FIRST PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Musical performance from a production, series or livestream created for CMT digital / social channels; awarded to the artist (individual, group or duo).

·        Charley Crockett – “Time of the Cottonwood Trees“ (from CMT Campfire Sessions)

·        Chris Young – “Gettin’ You Home” (from CMT Stages)

·        Ingrid Andress – “Wishful Drinking” (from CMT Studio Sessions) 

·        Jelly Roll – “Son of A Sinner” (from CMT All Access)

·        Megan Moroney – “Tennessee Orange” (from CMT Viral To Verified) 

·        Scotty McCreery – “Damn Strait” (from CMT Campfire Sessions)

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Lauren Jo Black

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Lauren Jo Black

Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.