2023 People’s Choice Country Awards: Morgan Wallen, Luke Combs, & HARDY Are Top Nominees

Other top nominees include Jelly Roll, Lainey Wilson, Zach Bryan, and Kane Brown.


Lauren Jo Black

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August 16, 2023

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Morgan Wallen, Luke Combs, HARDY; Photos Provided

Nominees for the inaugural People’s Choice Country Awards have been revealed, and Morgan Wallen leads the pack with 11 nods. 

Other top nominees include Luke Combs and HARDY, who each earned nine nods, Jelly Roll, who raked in eight nominations, Lainey Wilson with seven, and Zach Bryan and Kane Brown, who earned six apiece. 

Billed as “an award show for the people and by the people,” the People’s Choice Country Awards will recognize the biggest and best country music has to offer within 12 award categories. The winners will be chosen entirely by the fans with voting open now through Friday, Aug. 25, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET. 

Fans can vote online at votepcca.com. Additionally, votes cast on Turbo Tuesday, Aug. 22 (12:00 a.m. – 11:59 p.m. ET) will count twice.

Hosted by Little Big Town, the 2023 People’s Choice Country Awards will air live Thursday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT simultaneously on NBC and Peacock from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville.  

The show will extend across platforms with “Backstage Live: People’s Choice Country Awards.” The livestream will air on Peacock, PCA Twitter, NBC Twitter/Facebook/YouTube, TODAY All Day/Twitter, E! News Twitter/Facebook/YouTube/E!Online, Access Twitter/YouTube, and Circle TV Network and Circle social platforms, bringing red carpet arrivals, backstage chats and everything behind-the-scenes to fans at home.  

Toby Keith; Photo by Rick Diamond_Getty Images , Blake Shelton; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images
Toby Keith; Photo by Rick Diamond_Getty Images , Blake Shelton; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Additionally, the show will honor several awards with additional awards, such as the previously announced Country Music Icon Award to Toby Keith, presented by Blake Shelton. 

Additional honorary award recipients, performers, presenters and more will be announced in the coming weeks. 

2023 People’s Choice Country Awards: Full List Of Nominees


1. Blake Shelton

2. Kane Brown

3. Kelsea Ballerini

4. Lainey Wilson

5. Luke Combs

6. Morgan Wallen

7. Old Dominion

8. Zach Bryan


1. Bailey Zimmerman

2. Blake Shelton


4. Jelly Roll

5. Kane Brown

6. Luke Combs

7. Morgan Wallen

8. Zach Bryan


1. Ashley McBryde

2. Carly Pearce

3. Carrie Underwood

4. Elle King

5. Kelsea Ballerini

6. Lainey Wilson

7. Megan Moroney

8. Miranda Lambert


1. Brothers Osborne

2. Dan + Shay

3. Lady A

4. Little Big Town

5. Maddie & Tae

6. Old Dominion

7. Parmalee

8. The War and Treaty


1. Bailey Zimmerman

2. Corey Kent


4. Ingrid Andress

5. Jelly Roll

6. Megan Moroney

7. Priscilla Block

8. Zach Bryan


1. Bailey Zimmerman

2. Blake Shelton

3. Carrie Underwood

4. Dolly Parton

5. Kelsea Ballerini

6. Luke Combs

7. Morgan Wallen

8. Shania Twain


1. Fast Car – Luke Combs

Songwriter: Tracy Chapman

2. Last Night – Morgan Wallen

Songwriters: Ashley Gorley, Jacob Kasher Hindlin, John Byron, Ryan Vojtesak

3. Love You Anyway – Luke Combs

Songwriters: Dan Isbell, Luke Combs, Ray Fulcher

4. Need A Favor – Jelly Roll

Songwriters: Austin Nivarel, Jason DeFord/Jelly Roll, Joe Ragosta, Rob Ragosta

5. Tennessee Orange – Megan Moroney

Songwriters: Ben Williams, David Fanning, Megan Moroney, Paul Jenkins

6. Thank God – Kane Brown, Katelyn Brown

Songwriters: Christian Stalnecker, Jared Mullins, Jaxson Free, Josh Hoge, Kyle Fishman

7. Thinkin’ Bout Me – Morgan Wallen

Songwriters: Ashley Gorley, John Byron, Ryan Vojtesak, Taylor Phillips

8. wait in the truck – HARDY feat. Lainey Wilson

Songwriters: Hunter Phelps, Jordan Schmidt, Michael Hardy, Renee Blair


1. Beer With My Friends – Kenny Chesney & Old Dominion

Songwriters: Bryan Simpson, David Lee Murphy, Shy Carter

2. Cowgirls – Morgan Wallen feat. ERNEST

Songwriters: Ashley Gorley, Ernest Keith Smith, James Maddocks, Milan Modi, Rocky Block, Ryan Vojtesak

3. red – HARDY feat. Morgan Wallen

Songwriters: Michael Hardy, Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip, Jacob Rice

4. Save Me – Jelly Roll with Lainey Wilson

Songwriters: David Ray, Jason DeFord/Jelly Roll

5. Thank God – Kane Brown, Katelyn Brown

Songwriters: Christian Stalnecker, Jared Mullins, Jaxson Free, Josh Hoge, Kyle Fishman

6. wait in the truck – HARDY feat. Lainey Wilson

Songwriters: Hunter Phelps, Jordan Schmidt, Michael Hardy, Renee Blair

7. We Don’t Fight Anymore – Carly Pearce, Chris Stapleton

Songwriters: Shane McAnally, Carly Pearce, Pete Good

8. You, Me, And Whiskey – Justin Moore, Priscilla Block

Songwriters: Brock Berryhill, Jessi Alexander, Cole Taylor


1. Dawns – Zach Bryan feat. Maggie Rogers

Songwriters: Maggie Rogers, Zachary Lane Bryan

2. Just Say I’m Sorry – P!nk, Chris Stapleton

Songwriters: Alecia Moore, Chris Stapleton

3. Life Goes On – Ed Sheeran feat. Luke Combs

Songwriter: Ed Sheeran

4. Seasons – Bebe Rexha, Dolly Parton

Songwriters: Bebe Rexha, Ido Zmishlany, Sarah Solovay

5. Texas – Jessie Murph feat. Maren Morris

Songwriters: Alex Niceforo, Amy Allen, Jessie Murph, Warren “Oak” Felder

6. That’s Not How This Works – Charlie Puth feat. Dan + Shay

Songwriters: Jordan Reynolds, Charlie Puth, Dan Smyers

7. UNHEALTHY – Anne-Marie feat. Shania Twain

Anne-Marie Nicholson, CASTLE, Connor McDonough, Riley McDonough

8. Wasted – Diplo feat. Kodak Black & Koe Wetzel

Songwriters: Bill K. Kapri, Richard Cook Mears IV, Ropyr Wetzel, Thomas Wesley Pentz


1. Bell Bottom Country – Lainey Wilson

2. Different Man – Kane Brown

3. Gettin’ Old – Luke Combs

4. One Thing At A Time – Morgan Wallen

5. Religiously. The Album. – Bailey Zimmerman

6. Rolling Up The Welcome Mat – Kelsea Ballerini

7. the mockingbird & THE CROW – HARDY

8. Whitsitt Chapel – Jelly Roll


1. In Your Love – Tyler Childers

2. Need a Favor – Jelly Roll

3. Tennessee Orange – Megan Moroney

4. Thank God – Kane Brown, Katelyn Brown

5. Thought You Should Know – Morgan Wallen

6. wait in the truck – HARDY feat. Lainey Wilson

7. Where We Started – Thomas Rhett, Katy Perry

8. You Proof – Morgan Wallen


1. Blake Shelton: Back to the Honky Tonk Tour

2. Carrie Underwood: Denim & Rhinestones Tour

3. Chris Stapleton’s All-American Road Show Tour

4. Kenny Chesney: I Go Back 2023 Tour

5. Luke Combs World Tour

6. Morgan Wallen: One Night At A Time World Tour

7. Shania Twain: Queen of Me Tour

8. Zach Bryan: The Burn, Burn, Burn Tour

IMPORTANT NOTE: For The Song of 2023, The Collaboration Song of 2023, and The Crossover Song of 2023 categories, an artist may receive more than one nomination, for artist and songwriter, which factors into their total count.

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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.