The nominees for the 2022 CMA Awards were announced on Wednesday (Sept. 7) with Lainey Wilson leading the nominations.
In her first year as a CMA, Wilson scored six nominations including Album of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Music Video of the Year, Musical Event of the Year, and Song of the Year.
While other stars like Ashley McBryde, Carly Pearce, and Chris Stapleton all scored multiple nominations, artists like Scotty McCreery, Dierks Bentley, and Thomas Rhett were left out.
Despite earning a three-week #1 hit with”Damn Strait,” Scotty failed to earn a nomination. Dierks Bentley and Thomas Rhett were left out of the Male Vocalist of the year race and two years after his Entertainer of the Year win, Eric Church was shut out of the category.
Other notable absences include Jimmie Allen, Kane Brown, Parmalee, and Keith Urban.
The CMA Awards will air Wednesday, Nov. 9, on ABC and will be hosted by Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning.
2022 CMA Awards Nominees:
Entertainer of the Year
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
New Artist of the Year
Album of the Year (Awarded to Artist(s) and Producer(s))
Luke Combs, Growin’ Up (Produced by Luke Combs, Chip Matthews, Jonathan Singleton, Mix engineer: Jim Cooley, Chip Matthews)
Maren Morris, Humble Quest ˆ(Produced by Greg Kurstin,Mix engineer: Serban Ghenea)
Miranda Lambert, Palomino ˆ(Produced by Luke Dick, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall, Mikey Reaves,Mix engineer: Jason Lehning)
Lainey Wilson, Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’ ˆ(Produced by Jay Joyce, Mix engineer: F. Reid Shippen)
Old Dominion, Time, Tequila & Therapy (Produced by Shane McAnally, Old Dominion, Mix engineer: Justin Niebank)
Song of the Year (Awarded to Songwriters)
Jordan Davis, “Buy Dirt” (Jacob Davis, Jordan Davis, Josh Jenkins, Matt Jenkins)
Carly Pearce & Ashley McBryde, “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” (Shane McAnally, Ashley McBryde, Carly Pearce)
Morgan Wallen, “Sand In My Boots” (Ashley Gorley, Michael Hardy, Josh Osborne)
Lainey Wilson, “Things a Man Oughta Know” (Jason Nix, Jonathan Singleton, Lainey Wilson)
Chris Stapleton, “You Should Probably Leave” (Chris DuBois, Ashley Gorley, Chris Stapleton)
Single of the Year (Awarded to Artist(s), Producer(s) and Mix Engineer(s))
Jordan Davis, “Buy Dirt” (Produced by Paul DiGiovanni, Mix engineer: Jim Cooley)
Kelsea Ballerini Feat. Kenny Chesney, “Half of My Hometown” (Produced by Kelsea Ballerini, Ross Copperman, Jimmy Robbins, Mix engineer: Dan Grech-Marguerat)
Carly Pearce & Ashley McBryde, “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” (Produced by Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Mix engineer: Ryan Gore)
Cody Johnson, “Til You Can’t” (Produced by Trent Willmon, Mix engineer: Jack Clarke)
Chris Stapleton, “You Should Probably Leave” (Produced by Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton, Mix engineer: Vance Powell)
Musical Event of the Year (Awarded to Artist(s) and Producers(s)
Dierks Bentley, Breland & Hardy, “Beers On Me” (Producers: Dierks Bentley, Ross Copperman)
Jason Aldean & Carrie Underwood, “If I Didn’t Love You” (Producer: Michael Knox)
Midland (Feat. Jon Pardi), “Longneck Way To Go” (Producers: Dann Huff, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)
Cole Swindell With Lainey Wilson, “Never Say Never” (Producer: Zach Crowell)
Carly Pearce & Ashley McBryde, “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” (Produces: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)
Music Video of the Year (Awarded to Artist(s) and Director(s))
Taylor Swift, “I Bet You Think About Me” (Director: Blake Lively)
Midland (Feat. Jon Pardi), “Longneck Way To Go” (Director: Harper Smith)
Cole Swindell With Lainey Wilson, “Never Say Never” (Director: Michael Monaco)
Carly Pearce & Ashley McBryde, “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” (Director: Alexa Campbell)
Cody Johnson, “Til You Can’t” (Director: Dustin Haney)
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