Lainey Wilson Leads 2023 CMT Music Awards Nominations

Breakout country star Lainey Wilson leads the 2023 CMT Music Awards nominations, unveiled on Wednesday.

Wilson nabbed four mentions in country music’s only fan-voted awards show, including Video of the Year, Female Video of the Year, Collaborative Video of the Year and CMT Performance of the Year.

Cody Johnson, Kane Brown and Jelly Roll stand second best with three nominations each.

Brown and Kelsea Ballerini will co-host the CMT Music Awards on April 2 from Moody Center in Austin, Texas. Performers and presenters will be announced later.

Each winner is selected by the fans, with voting now open at

There are 17 nominees in the first round of fan voting for the night’s top honor – Video of the Year. The nominees are Carrie Underwood, Ashley McBryde with Caylee Hammack, Brandy Clark + Pillbox Patti; Blake Shelton; Cody Johnson; Elle King + Dierks Bentley; Gabby Barrett; HARDY + Lainey Wilson; Jimmie Allen; Keith Urban; Little Big Town; Luke Bryan; Luke Combs; Morgan Wallen; Walker Hayes; Ballerini; and Kane Brown with wife, Katelyn Brown.

In addition, CMT is expanding its Breakthrough Video of the Year category into male and female subcategories.

(Photo: Alex Berger)

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