Jelly Roll Earns Five CMA Awards Nominations As First-Time Nominee: ‘This Is Unreal’

Jelly Roll joins Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, Maren Morris, Willie Nelson and Gretchen Wilson who also received five nods in a first appearance on the Final CMA Awards Ballot.


Lauren Jo Black

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September 7, 2023


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Jelly Roll joined the ranks of Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, and more as he landed five nominations for the 2023 CMA Awards as a first-time nominee.

Following behind his “Save Me” duet partner Lainey Wilson who leads CMA Awards nominees, the genre-bending star earned five nominations, including Single Of The Year (“NEED A FAVOR”), Male Vocalist Of The Year, Musical Event Of The Year (“Save Me” with Lainey Wilson) and Music Video Of The Year (“NEED A FAVOR”).

With his five nods, Jelly Roll joins Brooks, Cash, Maren Morris, Willie Nelson and Gretchen Wilson who also received five nods in a first appearance on the Final Ballot. According to the Country Music Association (CMA), the record for most nominations in a debut year is six, with Glen Campbell, Kacey Musgraves, Brad Paisley and Lainey Wilson holding the current record.

Jelly Roll; Photo by Ashley Osborn
Jelly Roll; Photo by Ashley Osborn

“I Couldn’t Control Myself”

Upon hearing the news of his nominations, Jelly Roll took to social media to share his reaction with fans. 

“It is known as Country Music’s biggest night. It literally doesn’t get any bigger than this and I have 5 nominations,” the “Need a Favor” singer began. “I couldn’t control myself when I got the news .. everything about this is unreal.”

Jelly Roll went on to admit that no matter what happens during the upcoming CMA Awards broadcast, the nominations alone are a win in his eyes. 

“The truth is being nominated is already a win for me. Just being recognized by my peers and by the industry for the work we put in is amazing, especially for my people, this is a win for all the underdogs and forgotten,” he wrote. “These are the moments I hope my people are the most proud of, that I have taken our message to the masses without compromise and have been embraced.” 

In closing, Jelly Roll added, “Thank you to CMA’s. This is magical and you can bet the farm that my wife and I will show up dressed to impress yet trashy as ever – see y’all November 8th.”

Fans can tune into the 2023 CMA Awards in November to see if Jelly Roll will take home the trophies. Co-hosted by country superstar Luke Bryan and National Football League Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning, the 57th Annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville on Wednesday, November 8 at 8/7c on ABC.

An Incredible Year

2023 has been a milestone year for Jelly Roll so far. In January, he earned his very first No.1 at country radio with “Son Of A Sinner.” He followed that up with “Need A Favor,” which topped the charts in August. 

Debut Country Album

Jelly Roll -- Whitsitt Chapel
Jelly Roll — Whitsitt Chapel

This summer, he released his debut country album, WHITSITT CHAPEL. The project, named after the church the Antioch native grew up attending, debuted at No.2 on the Billboard Country Album Chart and in the Top 3 on the Billboard 200 all-genre chart with 90,000 album equivalents.

“This album is about growth and gratitude happening in my life. I wanted to create a project that felt hopeful. I believe the worst feeling a person can have is feeling hopeless or worthless. This is therapeutic music. Real music for real people with real problems,” Jelly Roll previously shared in a statement.

On Tour

In support of the album, Jelly Roll launched his  Backroad Baptism Tour, which has been playing to capacity crowds since it kicked off on Friday, July 28. The trek runs through Saturday, October 14, when it will wrap up in Tampa, Florida at MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre.

Jelly Roll; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Jelly Roll; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Ashley McBryde, Caitlynne Curtis, Chase Rice, Elle King, Merkules, Struggle Jennings, Three 6 Mafia, and Yelawolf will appear as special guests on select dates of the nearly sold-out tour.

In the midst of his headlining tour, Jelly Roll will also serve as support on several dates of Eric Church’s The Outsiders Revival Tour. 

Meanwhile, “Save Me,” Jelly Roll’s current single featuring Lainey Wilson was the most-added song at country radio this week, paving the way for yet another chart-topping radio hit. 

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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 and her work being featured on 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.