HARDY and Lainey Wilson Revealed As Early Winners Ahead of 2023 CMA Awards

The news was revealed by Lara Spencer on ABC’s ‘GMA.’


Lauren Jo Black

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November 8, 2023


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HARDY and Lainey Wilson perform at Nissan Stadium on Friday, June 9 during CMA Fest 2023 in downtown Nashville; Photo Courtesy CMA

HARDY and Lainey Wilson are already big winners ahead of the 2023 CMA Awards

Announced Wednesday morning on ABC’s Good Morning America, the pair of superstars earned two trophies: CMA Musical Event of the Year and CMA Music Video of the Year. Both wins are for their duet, “wait in the truck.” 

Two Big Wins

The chart-topping collaboration was produced by HARDY, Joey Moi, Jordan Schmidt and Derek Wells, and the music video was directed by Justin Clough. 

Lainey Wilson, HARDY; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Lainey Wilson, HARDY; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

This marks HARDY’s first-ever CMA Awards wins. Lainey Wilson previously won both Female Vocalist of the Year and New Artist of the Year in 2022. The announcement was made by Lara Spencer on GMA, who shared the news from Downtown Nashville. CMA New Artist and Song of the Year nominee, Megan Moroney, also appeared on the broadcast for a special two-song performance. 

Who Wrote The Song ‘wait in the truck?’

Co-written by HARDY with Hunter Phelps, Jordan Schmidt, and Renee Blair, the powerful duet tells the story of a woman who has experienced ongoing domestic abuse. The woman is ultimately saved by a stranger who takes matters into his own hands when he confronts the abusive man and shoots him to death.

With her newfound freedom, the woman ultimately feels torn between feeling relieved and guilty over her abuser’s death.

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HARDY previously shared that “wait in the truck” is one of his “favorite songs” he’s ever written. “[It’s] probably the best song I’ve ever written to be honest,” he said. “It hit me so hard the first time I heard the demo back, and no other song had done that before.”

The cinematic music video follows the song’s eerie storyline perfectly and resonated with fans and critics alike instantly.  

Previously Performed The Song At The 2022 CMA Awards

HARDY and Wilson delivered a head-turning performance of “wait in the truck” at the 2022 CMA Awards. Following that performance, the track climbed the charts at country radio, and claimed the No.1 spot this past spring. This summer, the superstars teamed up to perform the ballad at CMA Fest at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium. 

In September, the friends and tour mates were surprised with plaques commemorating the now platinum-selling hit. This took place backstage during the kickoff of HARDY’s headlining mockingbird & THE CROW Fall Tour in Knoxville, Tenn. 

HARDY, Lainey Wilson; Photo by Tanner Gallagher
HARDY, Lainey Wilson; Photo by Tanner Gallagher

“wait in the truck” appears on HARDY’s latest album, the mockingbird & THE CROW, which arrived on January 20, 2023 via Big Loud Records.

HARDY and Wilson are slated to take the stage to perform during “Country Music’s Biggest Night.” HARDY is teaming up with Morgan Wallen and Post Malone for a not-to-be-missed collaboration of country covers, while Wilson will deliver a performance of “Wildflowers And Wild Horses.” 

Peyton Manning, Luke Bryan; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Peyton Manning, Luke Bryan; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

How Can I Watch The CMA Awards?

Co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning, the 57th Annual CMA Awards will air live tonight (8:00-11:00 PM/EST) on ABC. Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Jordan Davis, Alan Jackson, Jelly Roll, Cody Johnson, K. Michelle, Little Big Town, Mac McAnally, Ashley McBryde, Megan Moroney, Old Dominion, Carly Pearce, Post Malone, Chris Stapleton, Tanya Tucker, Morgan Wallen, The War And Treaty, and Zac Brown Band are scheduled to perform. 

CMA Awards presenters include Paula Abdul, Bill Anderson, Nate Bargatze, Kevin Cahoon, Jordan Davis, Cynthia Erivo, Sara Evans, Brian Kelley, Lady A, Martina McBride, Parker McCollum, Craig Morgan, Darius Rucker, Corey Seager, Gerry Turner, Keith Urban, Hailey Whitters and Chris Young. 

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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.