The 57th annual CMA Awards ceremony kicked off on Wednesday night at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, with some of the biggest names in country music in attendance to celebrate the best of the genre.
But hours earlier, on ABC’s Good Morning America, Hardy and Lainey Wilson were awarded trophies ahead of the big night for CMA Musical Event of the Year and CMA Music Video of the Year for their collaboration, “wait in the truck.”
Good Morning America host Lara Spencer shared the news live from downtown Nashville, as CMA Awards hosts Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning offered a behind-the-scenes sneak peek of what was to come during the ceremony.
Heading into the 2023 CMA Awards, Wilson led the pack when it came to total nominations, including Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Single of the Year and Song of the Year for her song, “Heart Like A Truck,” as well as Album of the Year for Bell Bottom Country — among others.
This year also featured several first-time nominees including Jelly Roll, Kane Brown‘s wife, Katelyn Brown, and Tracy Chapman — whose 1988 song “Fast Car” gained fame all over again as it was covered by Luke Combs. “Fast Car” — for which Chapman is the sole writer — is up for both Single of the Year and Song of the Year.
So who won big and who went home empty handed on Wednesday? Keep checking back with ET for the full list of winners — marked in bold — below:
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
*Lainey Wilson — WINNER!
SINGLE OF THE YEAR
*”Fast Car” – Luke Combs — WINNER!
“Heart Like A Truck” – Lainey Wilson
“Need A Favor” – Jelly Roll
“Next Thing You Know” – Jordan Davis
“wait in the truck” – HARDY (feat. Lainey Wilson)
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville – Ashley McBryde
*Bell Bottom Country – Lainey Wilson — WINNER!
Gettin’ Old – Luke Combs
One Thing At A Time – Morgan Wallen
Rolling Up the Welcome Mat – Kelsea Ballerini
SONG OF THE YEAR
* “Fast Car” – Songwriter: Tracy Chapman — WINNER!
“Heart Like A Truck” – Songwriters: Trannie Anderson, Dallas Wilson, Lainey Wilson
“Next Thing You Know” – Songwriters: Jordan Davis, Greylan James, Chase McGill, Josh Osborne
“Tennessee Orange” – Songwriters: David Fanning, Paul Jenkins, Megan Moroney, Ben Williams
“wait in the truck” – Songwriters: Renee Blair, Michael Hardy, Hunter Phelps, Jordan Schmidt
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
*Lainey Wilson — WINNER!
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
*Chris Stapleton — WINNER!
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Little Big Town
*Old Dominion — WINNER!
Zac Brown Band
VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
Brooks & Dunn
*Brothers Osborne — WINNER!
Dan + Shay
Maddie & Tae
The War And Treaty
MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
“Save Me” – Jelly Roll (with Lainey Wilson)
“She Had Me At Heads Carolina (Remix)” – Cole Swindell & Jo Dee Messina
“Thank God” – Kane Brown (with Katelyn Brown)
*”wait in the truck” – HARDY (feat. Lainey Wilson) — WINNER!
“We Don’t Fight Anymore” – Carly Pearce (featuring Chris Stapleton)
MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
*Jenee Fleenor — WINNER!
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
“Light On In The Kitchen” – Ashley McBryde/Director: Reid Long
“Memory Lane” – Old Dominion/Directors: Mason Allen, Nicki Fletcher
“Need A Favor” – Jelly Roll/Director: Patrick Tohill
“Next Thing You Know” – Jordan Davis/Director: Running Bear
*”wait in the truck” – HARDY (feat. Lainey Wilson)/Director: Justin Clough — WINNER!
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
*Jelly Roll — WINNER!
2023 CMA BROADCAST AWARDS – FINALISTS FOR BROADCAST PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR (by market size):
“American Country Countdown” (Kix Brooks) – Cumulus/Westwood One
“Country Countdown USA” (Lon Helton) – Compass Media Networks — WINNER!
“Honky Tonkin’ with Tracy Lawrence” (Tracy Lawrence and Patrick Thomas) – Silverfish Media
“On The Horizon with Buzz Brainard” (Buzz Brainard) – SiriusXM
“Y’all Access with Kelly Sutton” (Kelly Sutton) – Firefly Media/Silverfish Media
*“Angie Ward” – iHeartMedia — WINNER!
“The Big D and Bubba Show” (Derek “Big D” Haskins, Sean “Bubba” Powell, Patrick Thomas, and Carsen Humphreville) – Silverfish Media
“Katie & Company” (Katie Neal) – Audacy
“Nights with Elaina” (Elaina Smith) – Westwood One
“The Sam Alex Show” (Sam Alex) – Sam Alex Productions, LLC
“Chris Carr & Company” (Chris Carr, Kia Becht, and Sam Sansevere) – KEEY, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.
“Frito & Katy” (Tucker “Frito” Young and Katy Dempsey) – KCYY, San Antonio, Texas
*“Hawkeye in the Morning with Hawkeye and Michelle” (“Hawkeye” Mark Louis Rybczyk and Michelle Rodriguez) – KSCS, Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas — WINNER!
“Josh, Rachael & Grunwald” (Josh Holleman, Rachael Hunter, and Steve Grunwald) – WYCD, Detroit, Mich.
“Scotty Kay” (Scotty Kay) – WUSN, Chicago, Ill.
“The Big Dave Show” (“Big Dave” Chandler, Ashley Heiert, and Jason “Stattman” Statt) – WUBE, Cincinnati, Ohio
“The Morning Drive with Mike Kellar and Jenny Matthews” (Mike Kellar and Jenny Matthews) – KBEQ, Kansas City, Mo.
“Scott and Shannen” (Scott Dolphin and “Shannen O” Oesterreich) – WMIL, Milwaukee-Racine, Wis.
“Tim & Chelsea In The Morning” (Tim Leary and Chelsea Taylor) – WIRK, West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, Fla.
*“The Wayne D Show” (“Wayne D” Danielson and Tay Hamilton) – WSIX, Nashville, Tenn. — WINNER!
“Cait & Bradley Morning Show” (Cait Fisher and Matt Bradley) – KWEN, Tulsa, Okla.
“Clay & Company” (Clay Moden, Rob Banks, and Kadie Daye) – WYRK, Buffalo-Niagara Falls, N.Y.
“Ellis and Bradley Show” (Bill Ellis and Beth Bradley) – WSSL, Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C.
*“Mo & StyckMan” (Melissa “Mo” Wagner and Greg “StyckMan” Owens) – WUSY, Chattanooga, Tenn. — WINNER!
“Steve & Gina In The Morning” (Steve Lundy and Gina Melton) – KXKT, Omaha-Council Bluffs, Neb.-Iowa
“The B100 Morning Show with Brittney Baily” (Brittney Baily) – WBYT, South Bend, Ind.
“The Eddie Foxx Show” (Eddie Foxx and Amanda Foxx) – WKSF, Asheville, N.C.
“Officer Don & DeAnn” (“Officer Don” Evans and DeAnn Stephens) – WBUL, Lexington-Fayette, Ky.
“Steve & Tiffany in the Morning” (Steve Waters and Tiffany Kay) – WFLS, Fredericksburg, Va.
*“Steve, Ben and Nikki” (Steve Stroud, Ben Walker, and Nikki Thomas) – WXBQ, Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tenn.-Va. — WINNER!
2023 CMA BROADCAST AWARDS – FINALISTS FOR RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (by market size):
KCYY – San Antonio, Texas
*KEEY – Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minn. — WINNER!
KKBQ – Houston, Texas
KSCS – Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
WXTU – Philadelphia, Pa.
WIRK – West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, Fla.
WKDF – Nashville, Tenn.
WMIL – Milwaukee-Racine, Wis.
*WUBE – Cincinnati, Ohio — WINNER!
WWKA – Orlando, Fla.
*KUZZ – Bakersfield, Calif. — WINNER!
KXKT – Omaha-Council Bluffs, Neb.-Iowa
WGGY – Wilkes Barre-Scranton, Pa.
WPCV – Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla.
WQMX – Akron, Ohio
KCLR – Columbia, Mo.
WBYT – South Bend, Ind.
WKML – Fayetteville, N.C.
*WXBQ – Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tenn.-Va. — WINNER!
WYCT – Pensacola, Fla.