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Last night, BMG artist Lainey Wilson took home the highly coveted trophies for Female Vocalist of the Year and New Artist of the Year during her Country Music Association (CMA) Awards debut. Wilson, the most nominated artist of the night, is the first artist to win both awards in the same year since Carrie Underwood in 2006. Watch her emotional acceptance speeches here and here, and relive her performances here and here.
At the ceremony last night, Wilson performed her current radio collaboration “wait in the truck” with HARDY and “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow” with Jon Pardi, Dierks Bently, and Carrie Underwood during Alan Jackson’s Lifetime Achievement Award tribute. Wilson also partnered with Crown Royal to honour active-duty military and veterans, and, during the telecast, presented their $50,000 donation to CreatiVets, an organisation dedicated to empowering wounded veterans to heal through the arts and music.
Prior to the show, she walked the red carpet in a custom Laura Citron suit, Alexis Bittar and Mud Lowery jewellery, Sam Edelman shoes, and a Standard Hatworks hat.
Following a national broadcast on ABC in the US, highlights from the 56th Annual CMA Awards will be broadcast in the UK on BBC Radio 2 on November 13th, and available to watch on BBC Four on November 18th.
In March 2023, Wilson will be making her highly anticipated return to the UK to perform on the main stage at C2C: Country to Country Festival in London, Glasgow and Dublin.
Tickets and more information can be found at: https://c2c-countrytocountry.com/.
Wilson’s successes last night come just days before she makes her acting debut, starring in the fifth season of Paramount Network’s mega hit TV show Yellowstone, which will be available to stream in the UK on Paramount Plus on November 13th. Wilson will take on the role of Abby, a character Taylor Sheridan (co-creator of the show) crafted specifically for her, where she will play a musician and perform new original music.
ABOUT LAINEY WILSON:
CMA 2022 Female Vocalist of the Year, CMA 2022 New Artist of the Year, and ACM’s 2022 New Female Artist of the Year Lainey Wilson, has earned the enthusiasm of the industry. Having been named to nearly every “Artist to Watch” list, being crowned Billboard’s “Top New Country Artist of 2021,” and earning CMT “Breakout Artist of the Year” for 2022, the Louisiana native is one of Nashville’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.
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, her current single “Heart Like a Truck” is Top 25 and climbing, with the HARDY collaboration “wait in the truck” sitting close behind in the Top 35. Her hotly anticipated album Bell Bottom Country is out now, and she will make her acting debut on the hit series Yellowstone on November 13th.