2023 CMA Awards: The 57th annual CMA Awards are set to dazzle on Wednesday in Nashville at the Bridgestone Arena, with a live broadcast on ABC at 8 p.m. ET, followed by exclusive streaming on Hulu the next day.
2023 CMA Awards: Hosted once again by Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning, the CMA Awards, presented by the Country Music Association, will showcase remarkable achievements in the country music genre while honoring outstanding artists, songwriters, and producers.
This star-studded evening promises an array of A-list talents gracing the stage as performers and presenters, making it a must-watch event for country music enthusiasts.
Discover all you need to know about the 2023 CMA Awards, from the nominees to the hosts and performers.
Nominees at the 2023 CMA Awards
Leading the nominations is Lainey Wilson, with a historic nine nods in her first two appearances on the ballot. She is closely followed by first-time contender Jelly Roll, who earned recognition in five categories, as well as HARDY and Luke Combs, each receiving four nominations. Jordan Davis, Ashley McBryde, Chris Stapleton, and Morgan Wallen have secured three nominations each. The coveted “Entertainer of the Year” award will see Combs, Stapleton, Wallen, Wilson, and Carrie Underwood in fierce competition.
In the “New Artist of the Year” category, which Wilson won last year, the competition is fierce, with Jelly Roll, Zach Bryan, Parker McCollum, Megan Moroney, and Hailey Whitters vying for the honor.
This year’s nominees feature 29 first-time contenders, including Bryan, Whitters, and Josh Osborne of Brothers Osborne, receiving his first solo nomination. The song of the year category introduces Tracy Chapman, who is nominated for the first time due to her 1988 hit “Fast Car,” covered by Combs and gaining significant attention in the past year.
Hosts of the 2023 CMA Awards
The dynamic duo of Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning returns to host the CMA Awards for the second consecutive year. Their reunion was announced in May, and it follows their successful collaboration from the previous year. In a humorous promotional video, the two expressed their enthusiasm for this encore performance.
Bryan and Manning join the esteemed ranks of CMA Awards hosting partners, which includes names like Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, and Brooks & Dunn.
Performers at the 2023 CMA Awards
A lineup of beloved country music acts is set to take the stage, including Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Jordan Davis, HARDY, Jelly Roll, Cody Johnson, Little Big Town, Ashley McBryde, Megan Moroney, Carly Pearce, Old Dominion, Chris Stapleton, Morgan Wallen, The War and Treaty, Lainey Wilson, and Zac Brown Band. Additionally, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Mac McAnally, K. Michelle, Post Malone, and Tanya Tucker will add to the musical extravaganza.
Several nominees will perform songs from their nominated works, and some will showcase their recent singles. Special collaborations and tributes are also on the agenda, promising an unforgettable night of country music.
Presenters at the 2023 CMA Awards
The list of presenters is as star-studded as the performers, with country stars Martina McBride, Bill Anderson, Keith Urban, Sara Evans, Brian Kelley, Craig Morgan, Darius Rucker, and Chris Young making appearances. Nominees Lady A, Jordan Davis, and Parker McCollum will also take the stage to present awards, adding to the night’s grandeur.