Jelly Roll Photo Credit: Ashley Osborn
Lainey Wilson Photo Credit: Alysse Gafkjen

BBR Music Group/BMG Nashville’s Lainey Wilson and Jelly Roll capture the top two spots among the 2023 CMA Awards nominations. The most-nominated artist with nine nominations, Lainey, for a second, consecutive year, lands at the top of the list making her the first artist in the history of the CMAs to lead nominations in her first two appearances on the final ballot. This year also serves as her first nomination in the Entertainer of the Year category. Jelly Roll appears for his first time on the CMA Awards ballot as the second-most nominated artist and the leading male among the nominees. As a first-time nominee, Jelly Roll joins past artists including Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, Maren Morris, and Willie Nelson with five nods in a first appearance on the final ballot. Details on their nominations are below:

– Entertainer of the Year
– Single of the Year (“Heart Like A Truck”)
– Single of the Year (“wait in the truck”)
– Album of the Year (Bell Bottom Country)
– Song of the Year (“Heart Like A Truck”)
– Female Vocalist of the Year
– Musical Event of the Year (“Save Me”)
– Musical Event of the Year (“wait in the truck”)
– Music Video of the Year (“wait in the truck”)

– Single of the Year (“Need A Favor”)
– Male Vocalist of the Year
– Musical Event of the Year (“Save Me”)
– Music Video of the Year (“Need A Favor”)
– New Artist of the Year

“Holy moly y’all,” exclaimed Lainey. “Someone pinch me. I can’t believe my eyes. I’m so proud of everything we’ve done this year for my own music and these collaborations with my brothers Hardy and Jelly Roll. Thank y’all for having me on these songs. Being nominated in each of these categories amongst my friends means the world to me. And the coveted ‘Entertainer of the Year’ category?! It’s absolutely surreal. We bust our butts out there on the road every dang night to give y’all the best show possible and I have the time of my life doing it.”

“It is known as Country Music’s Biggest Night,” says Jelly. “It literally doesn’t get any bigger than this and I have five nominations. I couldn’t control myself when I got the news. The truth is being nominated is already a win for me. Just being recognized by my peers and by the industry for the work we put in is amazing, especially for my people. This is a win for all the underdogs and forgotten. These are the moments I hope my people are the most proud of. I have taken our message to the masses without compromise and I have been embraced. Thank you to the CMA’s.”


Photo Credit: Alysse Gafkjen

About Lainey Wilson:
As the leading female nominee and winner at the 2023 ACM awards with, Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of The Year, Visual Media and Musical Event of the Year and reigning CMA 2022 Female Vocalist and New Artist of the Year, Lainey Wilson has earned the enthusiasm of the industry. Critically acclaimed and touted as a top “artist to watch,” to being crowned the most nominated artist at the 2023 CMT Music Awards, the Louisiana native has made a name for herself in the industry as one of music’s hottest and most buzzed-about new artists. Landing her first No. 1 with her PLATINUM Certified ACM Song of the Year, “Things A Man Oughta Know,” nearly 10 years to the day after leaving her small farming community in a camper trailer to chase her dreams, she has won over legions of fans with her signature Bell Bottom Country sound and aesthetic, which blends traditional Country with a modern yet retro flare. A prolific and sought-after songwriter (having co-writer credits on songs by artists including Luke Combs, Flatland Calvary, and more), Lainey is a fresh, fierce voice in Nashville, delivering CMA-nominated album of the year with her label debut, Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’. With a rockstar stage presence, her artistry has taken her across the globe, performing for sold-out crowds throughout the US, UK, and Germany with notable names like Jon Pardi, Luke Combs, Morgan Wallen, HARDY, Jason Aldean, Ashley McBryde, and more. After topping the country radio charts for a second time with the two-week No. 1 hit, “Never Say Never” with Cole Swindell, she recently achieved her third and fourth No. 1 song with “Heart Like a Truck” and HARDY collaboration “wait in the truck”. Her current single “Watermelon Moonshine” is currently in the top 10 on the Country charts and climbing. Her critically acclaimed album, Bell Bottom Country, reached No. 9 on Billboard’s Country Albums Chart, quickly rose to No. 1 on iTunes charts and has amassed over 500 million streams to date. Most recently, she made her acting debut in Season 5 of the smash hit series Yellowstone as a musician character named Abby, where she premiered her original “Smell Like Smoke” as well as showcased other hits off her recent album including “Watermelon Moonshine” and “Hold My Halo”. Adding to her growing list of endeavors, Wilson was named “Tractor Supply Brand Ambassador,” was honored at Billboard’s Women in Music Awards with the Rulebreaker Award, and most recently joined forces with Wrangler as the face of their 2023 fall/winter women’s collection.


(Photo Credit: Ashley Osborn)

bout Jelly Roll:
Entertainment phenomenon singer/songwriter Jelly Roll independently built a remarkable career, under the radar and on his own terms. Since his days selling his mix tapes out of his car, he has constantly been releasing new music, touring relentlessly, consistently topping various charts, engaging a rabid fanbase and creating videos that have amassed more than 4 Billion views on YouTube. He pairs deeply personal lyrics with music, creating a sound that is therapeutic, raw and tackles the heaviness of life: Real Music for Real People With Real Problems. Released in June 2023, his debut country project, WHITSITT CHAPEL, became the largest country debut album in Billboard Consumption chart history- earning the singer/songwriter another milestone after he topped Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart for more than 28 weeks – the longest reign for an artist in the chart’s existence. Jelly co-wrote all 13 tracks on the album, including his breakthrough viral single “Save Me” —  a confessional, vulnerable expression of self-doubt — which has earned Platinum certification from the RIAA, as well as his multi-week chart-topping single, “Need A Favor.” Born and raised in Nashville’s Antioch neighborhood, the former addict and drug dealer draws from his personal experiences to tell the story of a man who has been through the ringer and isn’t afraid to share his raw truth. The 5x CMA Awards-nominated and 3x CMT Awards-winning artist has had a history-making “breakthrough year” (American Songwriter), selling out the Ryman Auditorium as well as his hometown arena of 18,000+ fans at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, earning two #1s at Country radio and multi-week hits at Rock simultaneously, launching a 44-date arena Background Baptism Tour, and releasing an all-access documentary of his life at home and on the road, Jelly Roll: Save Me (Hulu).

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BBR Music Group/BMG Nashville's Lainey Wilson and Jelly Roll capture the top two spots among the 2023 CMA Awards nominations. The most-nominated artist with nine nominations, Lainey, for a second, consecutive year, lands at the top of the list making her the first artist in the history of the CMAs to lead nominations in...