Lainey Wilson Honored With Patsy Montana Entertainer Award From The Cowgirl Hall Of Fame

Previous recipients of the award include Emmylou Harris and Faith Hill.


Madeleine O’Connell

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November 20, 2023


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Photo Courtesy Lainey Wilson

Lainey Wilson was among one of five Inductees and three award winners to be celebrated during the 47th Annual Cowgirl Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon and Ceremony that took place Tuesday, November 14 at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas.

During the coveted ceremony sponsored by the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, Wilson received the Patsy Montana Entertainer Award, an accolade that was named after 1987 Honoree Patsy Montana. This honor has since been given out to females who work in the entertainment industry and have acted as strong representatives for the traditions of the cowgirl in the fields of film, television, music, writing, and theatre. 

Wilson has achieved this mission through her acting role on the popular TV show, Yellowstone, her dedication to bringing country music to stages across the world, and releasing music that fits perfectly into the cowgirl mantra that she lives each day.  

Previous award winners include Emmylou Harris (1996), Jessie the Cowgirl from Toy Story 2 (2000), Callie Khouri (2016), Christina Voros (2021), and Faith Hill (2022).

Following the event, Lainey Wilson shared a few words of gratitude with her fanbase in a social media post that showcased highlights of the night through a carousel of photos. 

“Went down to Fort Worth for my first Cowgirl Hall of Fame Luncheon & Induction Ceremony to receive the Patsy Montana Entertainer Award – an award that has recognized women like @khouri__official@christinaalexandravoros@faithhill and @emmylou_harris_ for advancing the traditions of the cowgirl in film, TV, music, writing and theatre. What an honor,” she began.

Wilson went on to explain that she feels incredibly connected and honored by this award because of her upbringing in the small town of Baskin, Louisiana, where she spent many years working alongside her dad Brian, a fifth-generation farmer.

“It feels like this award recognizes my roots, my family, my growth, and my current chapter,” she continued. “I left TX so inspired by the women at @cowgirlmuseum…their strength, impact, and spirit is like no other. Congratulations to all the inductees👏🏻”

The songstress now joins the esteemed list of 247 cowgirls who have come before her as inductees of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. According to a recent press release, the Museum proudly celebrates living and deceased Honorees who represent diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, and cultures. Many of the Honorees are nationally and internationally recognized artists or writers, champions and competitive performers, entertainers, ranchers or trailblazers, and pioneers.

In addition to Wilson, the Induction class of 2023 includes Mary Fields, Meggan Hill-McQueeney, Annie Reynolds, Gladys Roldán-de-Moras, and Kendra Santos.

“We are excited to announce the 2023 Hall of Fame Inductees. Each year we marvel at the talent, strength and leadership of each of the women chosen, and this year is no exception. Their accomplishments are unparalleled, and they are a great inspiration to all,” said the Museum’s Executive Director Patricia Riley.

Lainey Wilson; Photo by Jamie Schramm/CMA
Lainey Wilson; Photo by Jamie Schramm/CMA

This celebratory night followed a series of history-making wins and milestone accolades for Wilson. She recently racked up five CMA Awards including Entertainer of the Year, and earned her first-ever GRAMMY nominations in the categories of Best Country Album with Bell Bottom Country and Country Duo/Group Performance for her collaboration on Jelly Roll’s “Save Me.”

In 2024, she will continue showcasing her talents on stage through her next headlining run dubbed the Country’s Cool Again Tour. This trek is set to launch May 31 in Nashville, TN, and continue with over 35 dates across the U.S. and Canada. 

Lainey Wilson will bring things to a close on November 15 in Monroe, LA.

The 2024 trek will feature support by special guests Jackson Dean, Ian Munsick, and Zach Top on select dates.

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.