Lainey Wilson and Jelly Roll are the winners of the 2023 CMA Awards

At the Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday night, Lainey Wilson surged to the head of the field and won five prizes, including Entertainer of the Year. During her victory speech, she remarked, “I’ve been in this town for twelve-and-a-half years, and it feels like country music is starting to love me back.”
Since Taylor Swift in 2011, Wilson is the first female winner of Entertainer of the Year.

Lainey Wilson, Jelly Roll make splash at CMA Awards - Axios Nashville

Elsewhere, Tracy Chapman became the first Black woman to win a CMA Award. She won Song of the Year for “Fast Car,” a 35-year-old song that found new success through Luke Combs’ cover.

Jelly Roll gave the most rousing speech of the night for Best New Artist.

  • “There is something poetic about a 39-year-old man winning new artist of the year,” he said.
  • “I want to tell you that the windshield is bigger than the rearview mirror for a reason. Because what’s in front of you is so much more important than what’s behind you.”

There were many stars and great songs during the 57th annual Country Songs Association Awards. Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning hosted the ceremony for the second time in a row at the Bridgestone Arena located in Nashville.

Lainey Wilson Wears Cowboy Hat and Jumpsuit to 2023 CMA Awards (Photos)

Some of the biggest names in the industry graced the evening with their presence. Lainey Wilson, who was the most-nominated singer of the night, won the top prize of the evening as she took the trophy of Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year, and Female Vocalist of the Year, among others.

Emotional Lainey said while accepting the trophy, “It finally feels like country music is starting to love me back.”

Jelly Roll took his first CMA trophy home as he won the New Artist of the Year award.

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