This Should Have Been Scotty McCreery’s Year For A CMA Awards Nomination — ‘Damn Strait’
Scotty McCreery quickly became a household name after winning Season 10 of American Idol in May of 2011 at the…
Scotty McCreery; Photo By Andrew Wendowski
Scotty McCreery quickly became a household name after winning Season 10 of American Idol in May of 2011 at the age of 17. Since then, fans have watched the North Carolina native flourish as an artist, songwriter, and entertainer. Yet somehow, McCreery has never been nominated for a CMA Award in his 11+ year career.
Following his Idol win, McCreery has gone on to release five studio albums, including Clear As Day (2011), Christmas With Scotty McCreery (2012), See You Tonight (2013), Seasons Change (2018), and Same Truck (2021).
The country hitmaker has also sold over 5 million albums, several of which have earned RIAA-certifications, including his Platinum-selling album, Clear As Day, and Gold-selling projects In Between, Seasons Change and Christmas With Scotty McCreery.
On the radio front, the singer/songwriter has earned five consecutive chart-toppers, including “Five More Minutes,” “This Is It,” “In Between,” “You Time,” and his latest multi-week No. 1, “Damn Strait.”
This past year has, without a doubt, been one of the most successful years of McCreery’s career with “Damn Strait” dominating the charts for a whopping three weeks and is one of only three, three-week No.1s in 2022. To date, “Damn Strait” has raked in 106,428,646 on-demand streams and overall consumption of 849, 262.
The song, which serves as a tribute to the legendary George Strait and his music, was the fastest-rising single of his career and ultimately took his career to new heights as he continually played to sold-out crowds across the country.
This was supposed to be McCreery’s year at the CMA Awards. He earned not just one, but two, chart-topping singles during the nomination period, which should have easily earned him a nomination for Single of the Year and/or Male Artist of the Year. But somehow, his name fell through the cracks.
Earning nominations is partly a political game as labels, management companies, booking agents, and more block votes to ensure the artists they represent get nominated. Even still, McCreery should have been recognized in some way for his achievements throughout the past year.
McCreery isn’t the only artist who didn’t receive a single nomination for this year’s CMA Awards as Kane Brown, Thomas Rhett, Keith Urban, Gabby Barrett, Jimmie Allen, and more were also snubbed.
Even without a CMA nomination, McCreery continues his red-hot streak with the release of the fan-favorite tune, “It Matters To Her,” impacting radio on September 12.
The song, which is destined to become his next No. 1 hit, was inspired by his musical heroes’ Brooks & Dunn.
“The coolest one for me is our next single ‘It Matters To Her,’ which if you listen to it, speaking of Brooks & Dunn, it definitely has that inspiration to it and how could you not when I grew up listening to all their albums,” McCreery told Audacy’s Katie Neal of the tune in a recent interview. ”This is the [song] where you start playing it and you see the crowd start trying to sing along like they already knew it, but then they realize like ‘oh, I don’t know this song.’”
Click above to listen to “It Matters To Her.”
McCreery’s next scheduled tour date is on September 9 at The Lyric Oxford in Oxford, Mississippi. See a full list of his upcoming tour dates by visiting his official website HERE.
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.