CMA Awards 2022 News: In honor of country music’s finest stars! This year, the country music industry will gather for the 56th Annual CMA Awards 2022 to recognize the year’s most outstanding performers.
Lainey Wilson, the singer of “Heart Like a Truck,” has the most nominations this year with six. She is up for Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Music Video of the Year, Musical Event of the Year, and New Artist of the Year.
Wilson is followed closely by the five-nominated Chris Stapleton, Shane McAnally, Ashley McBryde, and Carly Pearce.
The red carpet arrivals of country music’s top names at the CMA Awards 2022.
CMA Awards 2022: CMA CEO Sarah Trahern released a statement after the nominations were announced, saying, “Some of the contenders this year have already accomplished incredible things, while others are just getting started. Each performer, no matter where they are in their careers, has a distinctive voice and an interesting backstory, proving that Country Music is more popular than ever. In November, we will be celebrating their accomplishments.”
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Read on to see all of the finalists for the CMA Awards 2022!
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
SINGLE OF THE YEAR
“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)
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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 & 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)
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NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
CMA Awards 2022: In early October, voting CMA members who are qualified to do so will decide who takes home the year’s most prestigious prizes.
CMA Awards 2022: The event will be hosted by two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year winner Luke Bryan and NFL star Payton Manning and will feature a flurry of performances that will be confirmed in the coming weeks.
CMA Awards 2022: On Wednesday, November 9 at 8 p.m. ET, ABC will broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, the site of country music’s greatest night.