We won’t soon forget the 57th Annual CMA Awards, which took place in Nashville last night (11/8), and we don’t think Lainey Wilson, Jelly Roll, or Wynonna will forget the evening either.
Lainey, of course, was the night’s top winner, winning a total of seven awards (she was nominated for nine). She won the Female Vocalist award for the second year in a row, the coveted Album of the Year Award for Bell Bottom Country, and the night’s top honor of Entertainer of the Year as a first-time nominee.
Jelly Roll both opened and closed the CMA Awwrds. He gave a stirring speech when he won the New Artist award and dazzled the press room backstage with his fun attitude and thankful and sweet manner to every journalist in the room. It’s pretty clear that everyone loves Jelly Roll.
Backstage, after he won the award, he excitedly told us where he plans to keep his CMA award when it arrives at his home in Nashville. He said, “I have a room that is the stuff that has come to mean the most to me. The family of Gary Rossington, the late great guitar player from Lynyrd Skynyrd, gifted me one of his guitars out of his vault. I have it right next to my Craig Morgan handwritten lyric sheet. Which is right next to Eric Church’s note he gave me the first time I opened up for him, and it’s signed. That’s really the memories I’ll cherish forever.”
And then there is Wynonna, who performed the opening song “Need A Favor” with Jelly and got the internet buzzing about what some called a shaky performance. She reacted and “read the comments,” releasing a video clip late last night saying how nervous she was to perform last night. Still, her performance with Jelly sounded fantastic, as Wynona usually does with her powerful and legendary vocals.
It’s hard to say who really stood out on the show at the 57th CMA Awards: it was a fantastic show. But if anyone owned the night, it was the CMA’s newest Entertainer of the Year, Lainey. As we think back to a night of fun and great country music, we share what we believe were the top moments everyone is talking about from the 2023 CMA awards.