Carolyn Kruse

Carolyn Kruse

This is a category that is pretty much anybody’s game. The competition is fierce and the talent is too. The Country Music Association Awards show is tonight at 8 on ABC TV. Here are this year’s CMA Awards nominees for Musical Event of the Year. Who will win? I have some theories.

A slew of hardware will awarded this evening, and it could change some lives forever. Awards in general are meant as more of a pat on the back, job well done honors by your peers, or those in your industry. But in some cases, it’s validation to keep on keepin’ on. And in this particular business, it could add up to some big numbers. Renewed interest in songs that came out a year ago means more downloads, more merch to sell and even translates to ticket sales.

But, let’s put all that aside and focus on the nominees in a category where chemistry wins. These are collaborative pieces of art that stood out. Songs with multiple artists performing. And 2022 was certainly a year chock full of collabs. It’s definitely a thing in the music industry now. Just like two heads are better than one, putting 2 popular artists together in one song gives you a better chance at success.

And The Nominees Are…

*The winner was just announced (pre awards show) Read on to find out who took it home. 

The CMA Awards nominees for Musical Event of the Year range from hot new artists, to a real life couple. There’s an established artist and his inspiration, and a princess and a king in the world of country music. How someone decides which won should win, is partially based on personal preference, even if you are trying to be impartial. It can’t be helped. It’s music, after all. And music is subjective.

Those in the industry voting likely take into account many factors, including popularity of a song, it’s impact on the genre and it’s artistry. This list of songs in the Musical Event of the Year category encompass all types of songs. There’s the fun and uplifting, the tragic story song, and one that inspires. There’s a love song, and a love gone wrong song… all the bases are covered.

So let’s break it down. Here are the nominees in alphabetical order, by song.


  • 1. Save Me

    Jelly Roll and Lainey Wilson

    “Save Me” is a serious contender. These are 2 of America’s hottest artists right now and the song is powerful. The strongest competition this song has for winning the Musical Event of the Year, in my opinion, is another Lainey Wilson collab, “Wait in the Truck” from Hardy.

  • 2. She Had Me At Heads Carolina (Remix)

    Cole Swindell and Jo Dee Messina 

    The song that won’t quit had new life after Cole and Jo Dee released a remix of the original “She Had Me At Heads Carolina.” This newer version features Jo Dee on it,  who should have been on it from the start. But, they righted the ship and recorded together.  I’m so happy they got to nom from the CMA for this fun remix. Music shouldn’t have to be serious to be appreciated.

  • 3. Thank God

    Kane Brown with Katelyn Brown

    I would love to see Kane take home this one for his love song with his wife, Katelyn. He is so deserving of an award and seems to be overlooked every year. With strong and powerful songs from Jelly Roll and Hardy, it will be a tough one for the Browns to take. But this would be a wonderful upset to witness. I’m rooting for this talented and loving couple.

  • 4. Wait In The Truck

    Hardy, featuring Lainey Wilson 

    Although, it feels like this one’s time has passed, it is still a very relevant song. I believe this song and these performances power above the others to take home the Musical Event of the Year award.

    *UPDATE: Just announced; This song was indeed awarded the MEOTY trophy earlier this morning. Congrats to Hardy for writing such a powerful song and to Lainey for making for making this one shine through.

  • 5. We Don't Fight Anymore

    Carly Pearce, featuring Chris Stapleton

    This collab is the newest on the list of nominees. Carly’s song about a relationship that lost it’s love. 2 people that have become strangers. Stapleton’s signature husky vocals really add texture to the song. They make a great combination, ironically, on a song that’s lovers in the end did not make a great combo.

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