Nominations are in for the biggest night in country music! The CMA Awards nominations were announced on Wednesday for the 56th Annual CMA Awards hosted by Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning.
The CMA Awards are the biggest night in country music, so it’s no surprise this year’s nominations list is packed to the brim with big names. The Country Music Awards are an exciting night for music lovers and a celebration of all things country.
The awards ceremony is held in Nashville every year, at which the dreamy artist(s) always take home many trophies!
The nominations have been released for this year’s ceremony. Check out this article to grab the full list.
2022 CMA Awards Nominations With Some Surprising First Time Nominees From This Year
The nominees for the 56th Annual CMA Awards have been announced, and there are plenty of surprises sprinkled throughout the list.
Some of the highlights to remember, First-time nominee Lainey Wilson has been showered with a total of six nominations, including album of the year and female vocalist of the year. Her February 2021 release earned six nods in all.
Wilson is the fourth artist ever to be nominated for Country Music Association awards in six categories when she was first nominated, following Glen Campbell, Brad Paisley and Kacey Musgraves.
Talking about first time nominees, Blake Lively also enters the chart. She is also nominated for the first time. She’s up for music video of the year thanks to her work directing Taylor Swift’s “I Bet You Think About Me” (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault), which features a duet with country star Stapleton.
Commenting on the nominations for this year, CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern said that it’s a great moment to celebrate these deserving artists when the world is slowly coming back to live music.
She added that this year’s slate of nominees is impressive, with some artists making historic strides while others are still in the early stages—but all share a unique voice and unforgettable story that demonstrates Country Music’s vitality.
Full List of CMA Nominees
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Award for the artists, producers and mix engineers
“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
“You Should Probably Leave” — Chris Stapleton; Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton; Mix Engineer: Vance Powell.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Growin’ Up — Luke Combs; Producers: Luke Combs, Chip Matthews, Jonathan Singleton; Mix Engineers: Jim Cooley, Chip Matthews
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
“Buy Dirt” — Songwriters: Jacob Davis, Jordan Davis, Josh Jenkins, Matt Jenkins
“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
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Little Big Town
Zac Brown Band
VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
Brooks & Dunn
Dan + Shay
Maddie & Tae
MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
“Beers On Me” — Dierks Bentley with BRELAND & HARDY; Producers: Dierks Bentley, Ross Copperman
“If I Didn’t Love You” — Jason Aldean and 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
“Never Wanted to Be That Girl” — Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde; Producers: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
Jenee Fleenor, Fiddle
Paul Franklin, Steel guitar
Brent Mason, Guitar
Ilya Toshinskiy, Banjo
Derek Wells, Guitar
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
“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
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
2022 CMA Broadcast Awards
Finalists for broadcast personality of the year (by market size):
“American Country Countdown” (Kix Brooks) – Westwood One
“The Country Top 40 with Fitz” (Cory Fitzner) – Hubbard Radio
“The Crook & Chase Countdown” (Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase) – iHeartMedia
“Today’s Country with Kelleigh Bannen” (Kelleigh Bannen) – Apple Music Radio
“With Elaina” (Elaina Smith) – Westwood One
“Angie Ward” – iHeartMedia
“The Big D and Bubba Show” (Derek “Big D” Haskins, Sean “Bubba” Powell, Patrick Thomas, and Carsen Humphreville) – Compass Media Networks
“The Bobby Bones Show” (Bobby Bones, Amy Brown, “Lunchbox” Dan Chappell, Eddie Garcia, “Morgan #2” Huelsman, “Raymundo” Ray Slater, “Scuba Steve” Stephen Spradlin, “Mike D” Rodriguez, and “Phone Screener Abby” Anderson) – Premiere Networks
“Nights with Elaina” (Elaina Smith) – Westwood One
“The Sam Alex Show” (Sam Alex) – Sam Alex Productions, LLC
“The Andie Summers Show” (Andie Summers) – WXTU, Philadelphia, Pa.
“Chris Carr & Company” (Chris Carr, Kia Becht, and McKaila Poppen) – KEEY, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.
“Danny Dwyer” – KUPL, Portland, Ore.
“Josh, Rachael & Grunwald” (Josh Holleman, Rachel Hunter, and Steve Grunwald) – WYCD, Detroit, Mich.
“The Morning Wolfpack with Matt McAllister” (Matt McAllister, Emily Raines, and Joe Wallace) – KKWF, Seattle, Wash.
The 56th CMA Awards will take place in Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday. The show will air on November 9 at 8 PM on ABC. The Annual CMA Awards is produced by the Country Music Association.