Lainey Wilson Sweeps the 2022 ACM Awards: ‘Country Music Is My Life’
Wilson led the night with three wins.
Lainey Wilson; Photo by Getty Images for ACM
The votes have been tallied and the ACM Song of the Year is Lainey Wilson’s “Things A Man Oughta Know.”
Wilson accepted the honor during the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Monday, March 7.
“Holy moly. Y’all. Country music is my life and has been my life as long as I can remember,” Wilson said. “I’m from a town of 264 in Northeast Louisiana, where country music is life. Oh my gosh, I have so many people to thank, let me pull out my scroll.”
The chart-topping artist went on to thank God, her family and others who have supported her along the way.
— ACM Awards (@ACMawards) March 8, 2022
“First of all, I don’t need a note for this but I want to thank the Lord and Savior for putting this dream on my heart. I want to thank my family, who have just been so supportive of me from the beginning, who helped me buy my camper trailer and move it to Nashville,” she shared. “I want to thank my songwriters and my co-writers, Jason Nix and Jonathan Singleton, my producer Jay Joyce, my label BMG/Broken Bow, Sony Music Publishing, Red Light Management, WME, country radio that have supported me so, so much.”
The Louisiana native closed her speech by thanking the country music community and fans for welcoming her with open arms. “And I’ll tell you what, the country music fans have wrapped their loving arms around [me], which is a prayer answered I just appreciate y’all so much.”
— ACM Awards (@ACMawards) March 8, 2022
Wilson performed “Things A Man Oughta Know” later in the broadcast.
“This song is about treating people right and It’s not just something that a man oughta know, it’s something we all need to know, it’s about the golden rule,” she declared.
The ACM Song of the Year trophy is awarded to the songwriter(s), publisher(s), and artist(s).
Wilson is now a three-time ACM Award winner as she received two trophies for her Song of the Year win (as the artist and songwriter) as well as the ACM New Female Artist of the Year trophy, which was announced late last week.
Other songs nominated in the ACM Song of the Year category included “7 Summers” by Morgan Wallen written by Wallen, Josh Osborne, and Shane McAnally, “Buy Dirt” by Jordan Davis featuring Luke Bryan written by Davis, Jacob Davis, Josh Jenkins and Matt Jenkins, “Fancy Like” by Walker Hayes written by Hayes, Cameron Bartolini, Josh Jenkins and Shane Stevens, and “Knowing You” by Kenny Chesney written by Adam James, Brett James, and Kat Higgins.
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.