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CMA Awards logoWhen: Tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, November 8, 2023 beginning at 8PM ET

Where: Televised on ABC live from Nashville, TN

It will be another house-rockin' awards ceremony when the 2023 CMA Awards ceremony kicks off in November this year, tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, November 8, 2023 on ABC, beginning at 8PM ET live from Nashville.

2023 CMA nominees are expected to be announed in September.

Meanwhile, keep it here for updates including a complete list of 2023 CMA nominees, along with who will host, a star-studded roster of presenters and performers, plus the announcement of big winners on awards night!

2022 CMA Awards rewind

2022 CMA nominees (also see WINNERS, below) had first-time nominee Lainey Wilson leading the pack with six nods, including album of the year for "Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin."

Shane McAnally, Ashley McBryde, Carly Pearce and Chris Stapleton each received five nods, followed by Cody Johnson and Josh Osborne with four. Luke Combs, HARDY, Miranda Lambert, Midland and Carrie Underwood received three apiece.

The nominees for the top prize – entertainer of the year – included Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood and Morgan Wallen.

Leading the pack at the 2022 CMAs is first-timer Lainey Wilson, along with Chris Stapleton and Ashley McBryde.

Alan Jackson was this year's recipient of the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award.

Hosting the 56th annual CMA Awards was country music star Luke Bryan and football legend Peyton Manning. This was the second consecutive time for Luke Bryan, after taking the helm last year, and the first time ever hosting for Peyton Manning.

Peyton Manning and Luke Bryan
are your hosts for the 2022 CMAs.

Scheduled performances during the big night will included Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kelly Clarkson, HARDY, Marcus King, Miranda Lambert, Jon Pardi, Carly Pearce, Carrie Underwood, Morgan Wallen, Lainey Wilson, and Zac Brown Band.

If that's not enough: the stellar performance lineup also included Brothers Osborne, The War & Treaty, Luke Combs, Ashley McBryde joined by Brandy Clark, Caylee Hammack, Phillbox Patty, John Osborne, Reba McEntire, Thomas Rhett with Katy Perry, Cole Swindell, Chris Stapleton, and Elle King with The Black Keys.

The show kicked off with a star-studded tribute to the late great Loretta Lynn.

Presenters on the big night included Wynonna Judd, Jeannie Seely, Reba McEntire and Tyler Hubbard, as was nominees Lady A, BRELAND, Lainey Wilson, Jordan Davis and Parker McCollum.

More of the night's presenters included Jessica Chastain and Michael Shannon, who will star as Tammy Wynette and George Jones in the Paramount+ series George & Tammy, HGTV stars Ben and Erin Napier, Yellowstone star Cole Hauser, Amber Brown actress Sarah Drew, Big Sky's Rex Linn and Los Angeles Dodger Mookie Betts.

Just up ahead, check out all the top nominees and WINNERS together with fun facts and related resources about the biggest night in country music!

also see -> CMT Awards

CMA trophyFor the record -- CMA Awards fun facts & trivia

• The CMA trophy stands 15-inches tall, weighs 7.5 lbs., and is made of hand-blown fine crystal in Florence, Italy, with final assembly by Francis & Lusky in Nashville, Tennessee. 

• The CMA awards' humble beginnings began in 1967 at Nashville's Municipal Auditorium in an untelevised ceremony. The Entertainer of the Year award went to Eddie Arnold.

• For many years the CMA's was hosted at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry and except for one year (2005 when they were held at Madison Square Garden in New York City), Music City has remained its home. Today, the CMAs are traditionally held at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.

• Vince Gill still holds the record as longest concurrent host from 1992 to 2003, followed by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley who have co-hosted the ceremonies together since 2008.

• The most honored artist in CMA history is singer George Strait, with 82 nominations and a record 22 wins.

• In 1972, the legendary Loretta Lynn became the first female ever to win CMA's Entertainer of the Year award.

• Only one duo has won CMA Entertainer of the Year. It was Brooks & Dunn in 1996.

More about the CMA Awards around the Web:

Below, check out complete Web coverage of the CMA's with video and audio reports, pictures, lists of presenters, CMA trivia, and more facts and info on the superstars of country music ....

2023 CMA Awards - The official site, with a look at this year's awards and Hall of Fame inductees, and last year's winners including behind the scenes photos, clips, red carpet appearances, presenters, performances, and a database of CMA winners, facts and info dating back to 1967.

Country Music Association Awards - Wikipedia entry with general background info, a complete list of winners year by year, related links.

2022 CMA Awards Nominees & WINNERS


Entertainer of the year

Luke Combs - WINNER
Miranda Lambert
Chris Stapleton
Carrie Underwood
Morgan Wallen

Single of the year

Award goes to artist(s), producer(s) and mix engineer
“Buy Dirt” – Jordan Davis featuring Luke Bryan; producer: Paul DiGiovanni; mix engineer: Jim Cooley
“half of my hometown” – Kelsea Ballerini (feat. Kenny Chesney); producers: Kelsea Ballerini, Ross Copperman, Jimmy Robbins; mix engineer: Dan Grech-Marguerat
“Never Wanted to Be That Girl” – Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde; producers: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne; mix engineer: Ryan Gore
“’Til You Can’t” – Cody Johnson; producer: Trent Willmon; mix engineer: Jack Clarke - WINNER
“You Should Probably Leave” – Chris Stapleton; producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton; mix engineer: Vance Powell

Album of the year

Award goes to artist(s), producer(s) and mix engineer(s)
Growin’ Up
 – Luke Combs; producers: Luke Combs, Chip Matthews, Jonathan Singleton; mix engineers: Jim Cooley, Chip Matthews - WINNER
Humble Quest – Maren Morris; producer: Greg Kurstin; mix engineer: Serban Ghenea
Palomino – Miranda Lambert; producers: Luke Dick, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall, Mikey Reaves; mix engineer: Jason Lehning
Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’ – Lainey Wilson; producer: Jay Joyce; mix engineer: F. Reid Shippen
Time, Tequila & Therapy – Old Dominion; producers: Shane McAnally, Old Dominion; mix engineer: Justin Niebank

Song of the year

Award goes to songwriters
“Buy Dirt” — songwriters: Jacob Davis, Jordan Davis, Josh Jenkins, Matt Jenkins - WINNER
“Never Wanted to Be That Girl” –songwriters: Shane McAnally, Ashley McBryde, Carly Pearce
“Sand in My Boots” — songwriters: Ashley Gorley, Michael Hardy, Josh Osborne
“Things a Man Oughta Know” — songwriters: Jason Nix, Jonathan Singleton, Lainey Wilson
“You Should Probably Leave” — songwriters: Chris DuBois, Ashley Gorley, Chris Stapleton

Female vocalist of the year

Miranda Lambert
Ashley McBryde
Carly Pearce
Carrie Underwood
Lainey Wilson - WINNER

Male vocalist of the year

Eric Church
Luke Combs
Cody Johnson
Chris Stapleton - WINNER
Morgan Wallen

Vocal group of the year

Lady A
Little Big Town
Old Dominion - WINNER
Zac Brown Band

Vocal duo of the year

Brooks & Dunn
Brothers Osborne - WINNER
Dan + Shay
Maddie & Tae

New artist of the year

Walker Hayes
Cody Johnson
Parker McCollum
Lainey Wilson - WINNER

Musical event of the year

Award goes to artist(s) and producer(s)
“Beers on Me” – Dierks Bentley with BRELAND & HARDY; producers: Dierks Bentley, Ross Copperman
“If I Didn’t Love You” – Jason Aldean & Carrie Underwood; producer: Michael Knox
“Longneck Way to Go” – Midland (featuring Jon Pardi); producers: Dann Huff, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
Never Say Never” – Cole Swindell (with Lainey Wilson); producer: Zach Crowell - WINNER
“Never Wanted to Be That Girl” – Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde; producers: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne

Music video of the year

Award goes to artist(s) and directors
“I Bet You Think About Me” (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault) – Taylor Swift (featuring Chris Stapleton); director: Blake Lively
“Longneck Way to Go” – Midland (featuring Jon Pardi); director: Harper Smith
“Never Say Never” – Cole Swindell (with Lainey Wilson); director: Michael Monaco
“Never Wanted to Be That Girl” – Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde; director: Alexa Campbell
“’Til You Can’t” – Cody Johnson; director: Dustin Haney - WINNER

Musician of the year

Jenee Fleenor, fiddle - WINNER
Paul Franklin, steel guitar
Brent Mason, guitar
Ilya Toshinskiy, banjo
Derek Wells, guitar

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