In order to secure his first ever CMA Entertainer of the Year award, the ‘Last Night’ chart-topper will have to triumph over a star-studded roster of fellow nominees, including Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Lainey Wilson and Chris Stapleton.
In addition to the coveted Entertainer of the Year nod, Morgan Wallen is up for 2023 Male Vocalist of the Year and 2023 Album of the Year for his ground-breaking March project, One Thing At A Time.
Although the Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year categories are always difficult to predict, given the fact that Morgan Wallen has occupied the top spot of the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 for much of 2023 with ‘Last Night’, many fans and commentators are already tipping him as a favourite in both categories.
Earlier in September, for instance, ‘Last Night’ was crowned Billboard's most-streamed Song of the Summer 2023, with the beat-driven track having already broken the record for the longest non-collaborative Hot 100 No. 1 in the chart's history.
The Album of the Year category will be another hotly contested grouping, with Morgan Wallen's 36-song opus being pitted against Ashley McBryde's Lindeville, Lainey Wilson's Bell Bottom Country, Luke Combs’ Gettin’ Old and Kelsea Ballerini's Rolling Up The Welcome Mat.
The 2023 CMA Awards are due to take place on Wednesday, November 8 in Nashville, with Lainey Wilson earning more nominations than any other artist with nine. Jelly Roll follows on five, while HARDY and Luke Combs both pick up four nods apiece.
At the other end of the spectrum, many artists will arrive in Music City with their first ever nomination under their belt, including Megan Moroney, The War and Treaty and Zach Bryan.
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