Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini, Morgan Wallen, And Thomas Rhett Lead 2022 Country Now Awards Nominees

Country Now has revealed the nominees for the 2022 Country Now Awards, celebrating the best in country music throughout the…

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December 1, 2022

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Country Now has revealed the nominees for the 2022 Country Now Awards, celebrating the best in country music throughout the year.  

Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini, Morgan Wallen, and Thomas Rhett top the list of nominees with five nods each.

Bailey Zimmerman, Carrie Underwood, Cole Swindell, Lainey Wilson, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Priscilla Block, and Zach Bryan follow with four nominations each.

2022 Country Now Awards

Other top nominees include Dierks Bentley, ERNEST, Hailey Whitters, Jordan Davis, and Nate Smith, who scored three nominations apiece.

A complete list of nominees can be viewed below. 

Fan voting, which is unlimited, opened at 9:00 am CT on Thursday, Dec. 1, and runs through Dec. 15 at 11:45 pm CT. 

CLICK HERE TO VOTE NOW.

Winners for the 2022 Country Now Awards will be announced in late December, details forthcoming.

The 2022 Country Now Awards follows the inaugural Country Now Awards, which took place in 2021 and raked in over 1.1 million fan votes. 

2022 Country Now Awards Nominees

Country Now Awards 2022

Favorite Sing-Along Song

This award goes to an artist (or artists) whose song was released or reached peak chart position in 2022.

“Beer With My Friends” – Kenny Chesney and Old Dominion 

“Crazy Angels” – Carrie Underwood

“Dancin’ In The Country” – Tyler Hubbard

“Geraldene” – Miranda Lambert 

“If You Go Down (I’m Goin’ Down Too)” – Kelsea Ballerini 

“Like I Love Country Music” – Kane Brown 

“Off The Deep End” – Priscilla Block

“Party Mode” – Dustin Lynch

“Praise The Lord” – BRELAND with Thomas Rhett  

“She Had Me at Heads Carolina” – Cole Swindell

“What My World Spins Around” – Jordan Davis 

“Whiskey On You” – Nate Smith

“Y’all Life” – Walker Hayes

“You Proof” – Morgan Wallen

Country Now Awards 2022 - Favorite Love Song
Country Now Awards 2022 – Favorite Love Song

Favorite Love Song

This award goes to an artist (or artists) whose song was released or reached peak chart position in 2022.

“Can’t Have Mine (Find You A Girl)” – Dylan Scott

“Everything He Couldn’t” – Chase Matthew 

“Found It You” – Tiera Kennedy 

“Give You My All” – Jon Langston

“Growing Old With You” – Restless Road 

“Joy Of My Life” – Chris Stapleton 

“Never ‘Til Now” – Ashley Cooke and Brett Young

“Pick Me Up” – Gabby Barrett

“Take My Name” – Parmalee

“Thank God” – Kane Brown and Katelyn Brown

“That’s What Love Is” – Alexandra Kay

“The Kind Of Love We Make” – Luke Combs

“Us Someday” – Thomas Rhett

Country Now Awards 2022 - Favorite Breakup Song
Country Now Awards 2022 – Favorite Breakup Song

Favorite Breakup Song 

This award goes to an artist (or artists) whose song was released or reached peak chart position in 2022.

“A Special Place” – Danielle Bradbery

“Best Worst Ex” – Julia Cole and Alexandra Kay

“Fall In Love” – Bailey Zimmerman

“Handle On You” – Parker McCollum

“Hate My Heart” – Carrie Underwood 

“I’d Be You” – Lily Rose

“Me Myself and Why” – Alana Springsteen

“Over For You” – Morgan Evans

“Something In The Orange” – Zach Bryan

“Therapy” – Peytan Porter 

“Truth About You” – Mitchell Tenpenny 

“You Didn’t” – Brett Young 

“You Proof” – Morgan Wallen

Country Now Awards 2022 - Favorite Sentimental Song
Country Now Awards 2022 – Favorite Sentimental Song

Favorite Sentimental Song

This award goes to an artist whose song was released or reached peak chart position in 2022.

“Carousel” – Miranda Lambert

“Damn Strait” – Scotty McCreery

“Doin’ This” – Luke Combs

“Down Home” – Jimmie Allen 

“Gold” – Dierks Bentley

“I Can’t Wait To Love You” – Niko Moon

“Next Thing You Know – Jordan Davis

“Prayin’ In A Deer Stand” – Luke Bryan

“Rich Man” – Little Big Town

“Son Of A Sinner” – Jelly Roll

“Things That Matter” – Jameson Rodgers 

“Thought You Should Know” – Morgan Wallen

“Up There Down Here” – Jake Owen

“What I Have” – Kelsea Ballerini

Country Now Awards 2022 - Favorite Viral Song
Country Now Awards 2022 – Favorite Viral Song

Favorite Viral Song 

This award goes to an artist (or artists) whose song gained notoriety on TikTok or social media in 2022.

“Bridesmaids” – Kylie Morgan 

“Country’d Look Good On You” – Frank Ray

“Cowboy Killer” – Ian Munsick (feat. Ryan Charles)

“Everything She Ain’t” – Hailey Whitters 

“Good Riddance” – Levi Hummon, Filmore, YA’BOYZ

“Huntin’ Season” – Mackenzie Carpenter

“Lost My Heartbreak” – David J

“Rock And A Hard Place” – Bailey Zimmerman

“Something In the Orange” – Zach Bryan

“Tennessee Orange” – Megan Moroney 

“Whiskey On You” – Nate Smith 

“Wild As Her” – Corey Kent 

“5 Foot 9” – Tyler Hubbard 

Country Now Awards 2022 - Favorite Collaboration
Country Now Awards 2022 – Favorite Collaboration

Favorite Collaboration 

This award goes to the artists whose collaboration was released or reached peak chart position in 2022.

“Flower Shops” – ERNEST feat. Morgan Wallen

“If I Was Your Lover” – Kip Moore feat. Morgan Wade 

“I Still Love You” Jessie James Decker with Billy Currington 

“Long Live Cowgirls” – Ian Munsick & Cody Johnson

“Never Say Never” Cole Swindell & Lainey Wilson 

“She Likes It” Russell Dickerson feat. Jake Scott 

“Thank God” Kane Brown with Katelyn Brown

“wait in the truck” HARDY feat. Lainey Wilson 

“Where We Started” – Thomas Rhett, Katy Perry 

“Wishful Drinking” Ingrid Andress with Sam Hunt

“Worth A Shot” – Elle King ft. Dierks Bentley 

“You, Me, And Whiskey” Justin Moore, Priscilla Block

“You’re Drunk, Go Home”  – Kelsea Ballerini feat. Kelly Clarkson & Carly Pearce

Country Now Awards 2022 - Favorite Debut Project
Country Now Awards 2022 – Favorite Debut Project

Favorite Debut Project  

This award goes to an artist whose debut album was released between Jan.1 and Nov. 15, 2022.

American Heartbreak – Zach Bryan 

Boy From Anderson County To The Moon – Kolby Cooper

Crashlanded – Madeline Edwards

Cross Country – BRELAND

Didn’t Go Too Far – Conner Smith

Flower Shops (The Album) – ERNEST 

Greenbroke – Jackson Dean 

Leave The Light On – Bailey Zimmerman 

Mood Swings – Avery Anna 

Raised – Hailey Whitters 

Shot Glass – Randall King 

Welcome To The Block Party – Priscilla Block 

We Were Cowboys – Kameron Marlowe

Country Now Awards 2022 - Favorite Album
Country Now Awards 2022 – Favorite Album

Favorite Album

This award goes to an artist whose album was released between Jan.1 and Nov. 15, 2022.

Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville – Ashley McBryde

Bell Bottom Country – Lainey Wilson 

Country Stuff The Album – Walker Hayes

Denim & Rhinestones – Carrie Underwood 

Different Man – Kane Brown 

Growin’ Up – Luke Combs 

Humble Quest – Maren Morris 

Macon, Georgia – Jason Aldean 

Mr. Saturday Night – Jon Pardi 

Palomino – Miranda Lambert 

Stereotype – Cole Swindell 

Subject To Change – Kelsea Ballerini 

Where We Started – Thomas Rhett

Country Now Awards 2022 - Favorite Competition Contestant
Country Now Awards 2022 – Favorite Competition Contestant

Favorite Competition Contestant 

This award goes to an artist who gained notoriety by performing on a competition show in 2022.

Bryce Leatherwood – The Voice (Season 22)

Chapel Hart – America’s Got Talent (Season 17)

Dan Marshall – American Idol (Season 20)

Drake Milligan – America’s Got Talent (Season 17)

HunterGirl – American Idol (Season 20)

Jay Allen – The Voice (Season 22)

Kelsie Dolin – American Idol (Season 20)

Logan Crosby – Claim To Fame (Season 1)

Mike Parker – American Idol (Season 20)

Morgan Myles – The Voice (Season 22)

Noah Thompson – American Idol (Season 20)

The Dryes – The Voice (Season 22)

Tyler Braden – American Song Contest (Season 1)

Country Now Awards 2022 - Favorite Breakthrough Artist
Country Now Awards 2022 – Favorite Breakthrough Artist

Favorite Breakthrough Artist 

This award goes to an artist who enjoyed breakthrough success in 2022. 

Bailey Zimmerman 

Chase Matthew

Conner Smith 

Corey Kent

ERNEST

Hailey Whitters

Jackson Dean

Jelly Roll 

Larry Fleet

Lily Rose

Morgan Wade 

Nate Smith

Zach Bryan

Country Now Awards 2022 - Favorite Duo or Group
Country Now Awards 2022 – Favorite Duo or Group

Favorite Duo or Group 

This award goes to the duo or group. 

Boy Named Banjo 

Brooks & Dunn

Brothers Osborne 

Dan + Shay 

Lady A 

Little Big Town 

LOCASH

Maddie & Tae 

Midland

Old Dominion

Parmalee

Restless Road

The War And Treaty

Country Now Awards 2022 - Favorite Male Artist
Country Now Awards 2022 – Favorite Male Artist

Favorite Male Artist

This award goes to the artist. 

Blake Shelton

Chris Stapleton

Cody Johnson

Cole Swindell

Dierks Bentley

Eric Church

Jordan Davis

Kane Brown

Kenny Chesney

Luke Bryan

Luke Combs

Morgan Wallen

Scotty McCreery

Thomas Rhett

Country Now Awards 2022 - Favorite Female Artist
Country Now Awards 2022 – Favorite Female Artist

Favorite Female Artist

This award goes to the artist. 

Ashley McBryde 

Carly Pearce 

Carrie Underwood

Danielle Bradbery

Elle King

Gabby Barrett 

Ingrid Andress 

Jessie James Decker 

Kelsea Ballerini 

Lainey Wilson 

Lauren Alaina 

Maren Morris 

Miranda Lambert 

Priscilla Block

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