After what many fans perceived to be a snub from the Country Music Association in 2022, Zach Bryan has received his first ever CMA Awards nomination for 2023 New Artist of the Year.
The ‘Something in the Orange’ hitmaker will be pitted against a suite of fast-emerging artists such as Megan Moroney, Hailey Whitters, Parker McCollum and Jelly Roll, in what's already shaping up to be one of the most competitive categories of the year.
Even at this early stage, many are predicting the two frontrunners for the coveted accolade to be Zach Bryan and Jelly Roll, with the latter having stormed onto the Music City scene with two back-to-back No. 1 singles at Country Radio.
Megan Moroney will be another strong candidate, with her football-inspired ode to a new relationship, ‘Tennessee Orange’, being one of the break-out hits of the year.
Hailey Whitters and Parker McCollum complete an exciting 2023 CMA New Artist of the Year grouping, with every single act heading into the November ceremony with a real shot at the title.
Although it was released too recently to fall inside of the 2023 window of consideration, the success of Zach Bryan's new widely acclaimed self-titled album will provide the folk-leaning songsmith with an additional boost heading into the CMA Awards.
For instance, as well as debuting atop the Billboard 200, the project has spawned Zach Bryan and Kacey Musgraves’ first ever Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper, ‘I Remember Everything’.
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.
Excitingly, many artists will arrive in Music City alongside Hailey Whitters with their first ever nomination under their belt, including The War and Treaty, Zach Bryan and Megan Moroney.
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