By Maxim Mower
CMT has unveiled this year's Next Women of Country, with a record 16 acts making the cut for 2023.
High-profile inclusions include Megan Moroney, Alana Springsteen, Ashley Cooke and more.
In the tenth instalment since CMT's Next Women of Country was first started, all the artists gathered together in Nashville to celebrate the most exciting voices set to light up country music in the coming year.
After enjoying a stellar year, Megan Moroney features in the CMT class of 2023.
The Georgia native recently released the music video for her smash hit, ‘Tennessee Orange’. Shortly after, Moroney was asked to make her Grand Ole Opry debut in February.
Towards the end of 2022, in recognition of the success of ‘Tennessee Orange’ and her debut EP, Pistol Made of Roses, Moroney was included in Spotify's 2023 Country Artists to Watch.
Megan Moroney also featured in Holler's 23 New Artists for 2023, as did Alana Springsteen and Georgia Webster, Moroney's fellow members of CMT's Next Women of Country class of 2023.
The CMT Next Women of Country list is completed by Ashley Cooke, Pillbox Patti, Avery Anna, Carter Faith, Mackenzie Carpenter, Julie Williams, O.N.E The Duo, Kasey Tyndall, Kimberly Kelly, MaRynn Taylor, Angie K, Catie Offerman and Roberta Lea.
Former members of CMT's Next Women of Country include country heavyweights such as Ingrid Andress, Mickey Guyton and Kelsea Ballerini, who was on-hand to help announce the 2023 line-up.
The expansion of CMT's roster is a testament to the fact that - refreshingly - there is a burgeoning group of women surging up the traditionally male-dominated country charts.