2022 CMA Awards: The Nominees List

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The Country Music Association announced nominees for the 2022 CMA Awards on Wednesday morning (Sept. 9). Newcomer Lainey Wilson earned six nominations has become the fourth country artist in history to earn six nominations in their first year on the CMA ballot.

Ashley McBryde, Carly Pearce, Chris Stapleton and hit songwriter Shane McAnally earned five nominations each. Miranda Lambert‘s 2021 record Palomino helped her earn three nominations, including Album of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year. She is also up for Entertainer of the Year against Luke Combs, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood and Morgan Wallen, who is nominated in the category for the first time in his career. In 2021, Wallen was banned from attending the 2021 CMA Awards ceremony after being filmed shouting a racial slur.

Other multi-nominees at the 2021 CMA Awards include Combs, Underwood, Midland and Cody Johnson, among others. A full list of nominees is below.

The 2022 CMA Awards are set for Nov. 9 and will air live from Nashville on ABC beginning at 8PM ET. Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning will co-host the ceremony.

2022 CMA Awards Nominees

Entertainer of the Year

Luke Combs
Miranda Lambert
Chris Stapleton
Carrie Underwood
Morgan Wallen

Female Vocalist of the Year

Miranda Lambert
Ashley McBryde
Carly Pearce
Carrie Underwood
Lainey Wilson

Male Vocalist of the Year

Eric Church
Luke Combs
Cody Johnson
Chris Stapleton
Morgan Wallen

Vocal Group of the Year

Lady A
Little Big Town
Midland
Old Dominion
Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo of the Year

Brooks & Dunn
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
LOCASH
Maddie & Tae

New Artist of the Year

HARDY
Walker Hayes
Cody Johnson
Parker McCollum
Lainey Wilson

Album of the Year (Awarded to Artist(s), Producer(s) and Mix Engineer(s))

Growin’ Up, Luke Combs
Producers: Luke Combs, Chip Matthews, Jonathan Singleton
Mix Engineers: Jim Cooley, Chip Matthews

Humble Quest, Maren Morris
Producer: Greg Kurstin
Mix Engineer: Serban Ghenea

Palomino, Miranda Lambert
Producers: Luke Dick, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall, Mikey Reaves
Mix Engineer: Jason Lehning

Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’, Lainey Wilson
Producer: Jay Joyce
Mix Engineer: F. Reid Shippen

Time, Tequila & Therapy, Old Dominion
Producers: Shane McAnally, Old Dominion
Mix Engineer: Justin Niebank

Song of the Year (Awarded to Songwriter(s))

“Buy Dirt”
Songwriters: Jacob Davis, Jordan Davis, Josh Jenkins, Matt Jenkins

“Never Wanted To Be That Girl”
Songwriters: Shane McAnally, Ashley McBryde, Carly Pearce

“Sand In My Boots”
Songwriters: Ashley Gorley, Michael Hardy, Josh Osborne

“Things A Man Oughta Know”
Songwriters: Jason Nix, Jonathan Singleton, Lainey Wilson

“You Should Probably Leave”
Songwriters: Chris DuBois, Ashley Gorley, Chris Stapleton

Single of the Year (Awarded to Artist(s), Producer(s) and Mix Engineer(s))

“Buy Dirt” – Jordan Davis featuring Luke Bryan
Producer: Paul DiGiovanni
Mix Engineer: Jim Cooley

“half of my hometown” – Kelsea Ballerini (feat. Kenny Chesney)
Producers: Kelsea Ballerini, Ross Copperman, Jimmy Robbins
Mix Engineer: Dan Grech-Marguerat

“Never Wanted To Be That Girl” – Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde
Producers: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
Mix Engineer: Ryan Gore

“’Til You Can’t” – Cody Johnson
Producer: Trent Willmon
Mix Engineer: Jack Clarke

“You Should Probably Leave” – Chris Stapleton
Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton
Mix Engineer: Vance Powell

Musical Event of the Year (Awarded to Artists and Producer(s))

“Beers On Me,” Dierks Bentley with BRELAND & HARDY
Producers: Dierks Bentley, Ross Copperman

“If I Didn’t Love You,” Jason Aldean & Carrie Underwood
Producer: Michael Knox

“Longneck Way To Go,” Midland (featuring Jon Pardi)
Producers: Dann Huff, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne

“Never Say Never,” Cole Swindell (with Lainey Wilson)
Producer: Zach Crowell

“Never Wanted To Be That Girl,” Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde
Producers: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne

Music Video of the Year (Awarded to Artist(s) and Director(s))

“I Bet You Think About Me” (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault), Taylor Swift (featuring Chris Stapleton)
Director: Blake Lively

“Longneck Way To Go,” Midland (featuring Jon Pardi)
Director: Harper Smith

“Never Say Never,” Cole Swindell (with Lainey Wilson)
Director: Michael Monaco

“Never Wanted To Be That Girl,” Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde
Director: Alexa Campbell

“’Til You Can’t,” Cody Johnson
Director: Dustin Haney

Musician of the Year

Jenee Fleenor, fiddle
Paul Franklin, steel guitar
Brent Mason, guitar
Ilya Toshinskiy, banjo
Derek Wells, guitar

The Boot will be staying up late covering the most buzzed-about winners, fashion and moments at the 2022 CMA Awards. Readers can watch along with us by checking back to TheBoot.com for the latest CMAs headlines, liking The Boot on Facebook and following The Boot on Twitter.

8 Songs You Didn’t Know Brett Eldredge Wrote

Illinois native Brett Eldredge first burst onto the country scene with the release of his 2013 debut record Bring You Back. The album spawned three No. 1 hits, ”Don’t Ya,” “Beat of the Music” and “Mean to Me,” and kicked off a career that’s lasted nearly a decade.

Eldredge kept the momentum going with the release of his 2015 album Illinois, which included the infectious singles “Lose My Mind,” ”Drunk on Your Love” and the romantic ode “Wanna Be That Song.” Just two years later, his impressive self-titled record showcased a more evolved sound, which was spotlighted on singles ”Somethin’ I’m Good At,” ”The Long Way” and ”Love Someone.”

Although Eldredge’s career was continuing to flourish, the 36-year-old wanted a change of pace. He stepped away from all social media platforms and switched out his smartphone for an old school flip phone, allowing himself to put a new focus on writing music and staying in the moment. With a new batch of music ready to go, he recruited Ian Fitchuk and Daniel Tashian, who produced Kacey Musgraves‘ Golden Hour, to work on the project. Released in 2020, the incredibly personal Sunday Drive showed off a more organic, stripped-down sound that gave a new depth to Eldredge’s sound.

A longtime fan of classic crooners like Frank Sinatra, Eldredge has also recorded two retro, big band-inspired holiday albums: 2016’s Glow and 2021’s Mr. Christmas. Although most know Eldredge for his vocal talents and energetic personality, he’s also proved himself as a truly gifted songwriter. The vast majority of the tracks within his musical catalog have either been fully written or co-written by Eldredge, which is one of the reasons why his music consistently feels authentic, raw and heartfelt.

Eldredge is gearing up to release his fifth studio album, Songs About You, on June 17. Fans have gotten a sneak preview of what’s to come from this latest collection of music with the release of the record’s heartbreaking title track, along with follow-up cuts “Wait Up For Me” and “I Feel Fine.”

Ahead of this new batch of music, let’s take at eight great country songs written by Brett Eldredge and recorded by other artists.

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