Lainey Wilson Reacts To Her History-Making CMA Awards Nominations: ‘Someone Pinch Me’

Wilson is the fourth artist in CMA Awards history to receive nine or more nominations in a single year.

By

Lauren Jo Black

| Posted on

September 7, 2023

Share on:

Lainey Wilson; Photo by Mason Goodson

Lainey Wilson dominated the just-announced nominations for the 57th Annual CMA Awards and she made history along the way. 

The reigning CMA Female Vocalist and New Artist Of The Year made CMA Awards history again this year as the only artist to top the nominations list in her first two appearances on the Final Ballot.

Last year, the “Heart Like A Truck” singer topped the list of nominees with six nominations as a first-time nominee.

Making History

Lainey Wilson; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Lainey Wilson; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

This year, Wilson earned a whopping nine nominations, including the coveted Entertainer Of The Year, Single Of The Year (“Wait In The Truck” with HARDY & “Heart Like A Truck”), Album Of The Year (‘Bell Bottom Country’), Song Of The Year (“Heart Like A Truck”), Female Vocalist Of The Year, Musical Event Of The Year (“Save Me” with Jelly Roll and “Wait In The Truck” with HARDY) and Music Video Of The Year (“Wait In The Truck” with HARDY). 

Upon hearing the news of her historic nominations, Wilson took to social media to showcase gratitude and share her reaction with fans.

Priceless Reaction

“Holy moly y’all. Someone pinch me. I can’t believe my eyes. 🥹 I’m so proud of everything we’ve done this year for my own music and these collabs with my brothers @hardy and @jellyroll615,” she wrote. 

She continued, ”Thank y’all for having me on these songs ❤️ Being nominated in each of these categories amongst my friends means the world to me. And the coveted Entertainer Of The Year category?! It’s absolutely surreal. We bust our butts out there on the road every dang night to give y’all the best show possible and I have the time of my life doing it. All I gotta say is thank y’all. I love country music 🤘🏻”

Wilson is the fourth artist in CMA Awards history to receive nine or more nominations in a single year, following Merle Haggard and Miranda Lambert as well as Alan Jackson, who holds the record with 10 nominations in 2002.

She is also the first artist in 14 years to secure double nominations for Single Of The Year in the same year with “Heart Like a Truck” and her collaboration with HARDY on “Wait in the Truck.” Miranda Lambert was the last artist to achieve such recognition in the category in 2010, when she was nominated for “The House That Built Me” and “White Liar.”

Tune In

Fans can tune into the 2023 CMA Awards in November to see if Wilson 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.

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

Incredible Success

The news comes on the heels of another wildly successful year for Lainey Wilson. Earlier this year, Wilson headlined her sold-out Country With A Flare Tour. Following that successful run, Wilson spent time on the road with artists such as Luke Combs, HARDY, and Eric Church. 

Soon, she’ll join select dates of Jelly Roll’s Backroad Baptism Tour, in addition to headlining several dates, including her first-ever stop at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. 

In August, Wilson broke The Great New York State Fair attendance record, drawing over 53,200 fans to Suburban Park in Syracuse, New York. Wilson’s performance shattered the previous record held by Nelly, who performed for 43,000 fans at the state fair in 2022.

Lainey Wilson; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Lainey Wilson; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Wilson recently joined Darius Rucker and The Cadillac Three as the new voices of ESPN’s College GameDay, and she is currently the face of Wrangler’s latest fashion campaign. 

On The Charts

Her current single, “Watermelon Moonshine,” is racing up the charts at country radio and recently made history as the fastest-rising single by a solo female in five years since Carrie Underwood’s “Cry Pretty” in 2018. The tune skyrocketed into the Top 10 on the Mediabase Country charts in just 13 weeks. 

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

YouTube video
Share on:

Lauren Jo Black

Written by

Lauren Jo Black

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.