56th Annual Country Music Association Awards

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56th Annual Country Music Association Awards
DateNovember 9, 2022
LocationBridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
Hosted byLuke Bryan
Peyton Manning
Most awardsLuke Combs, Cody Johnson, Lainey Wilson (2 each)
Most nominationsLainey Wilson (6)
Television/radio coverage
NetworkABC, Hulu
Viewership9.7 million
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Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year recipient, Luke Combs.
Female Vocalist of the Year and New Artist of the Year recipient, Laniey Wilson.
Male Vocalist of the Year recipient, Chris Stapleton.
Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement award recipient, Alan Jackson.
Song of the Year recipient, Jordan Davis.

The 56th Annual Country Music Association Awards was held on November 9, 2022 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Luke Bryan hosted the ceremony for the second time, with Peyton Manning as his co-host.[1][2] The ceremony was broadcast live on ABC and will be available to stream on Hulu.


The eligibility period for the 56th CMA Awards is July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.[1] On August 1, 2022 the CMA Announced that Luke Bryan is set to return as host for the second time and will be accompanied by first-time co-host and former NFL quarterback, Peyton Manning. Robert Deaton  is the executive producer and Alan Carter will direct the ceremony.[3] Lainey Wilson leads in nominations with six, closely followed by Ashley McBryde, Carly Pearce and Chris Stapleton who each have five.[4]

On October 27, it was announced that two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year Alan Jackson would be the recipient of the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award.[5]

Winners and nominees[edit]

Nominees were announced on Wednesday, September 7, 2022.[6][7][8]

Entertainer of the Year Album of the Year
Male Vocalist of the Year Female Vocalist of the Year
Vocal Group of the Year Vocal Duo of the Year
Single of the Year Song of the Year
New Artist of the Year Musician of the Year
Music Video of the Year Musical Event of the Year
Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award

International Awards

International Artist Achievement Award Global Country Artist Award


The first wave of performers was announced on October 25, 2022.[9] The second wave was announced on November 1, 2022.[10][11]

Performer(s) Song(s)
Carrie Underwood
Miranda Lambert
Reba McEntire
Tribute to Loretta Lynn
"You Ain't Woman Enough"
"Don't Come Home A-Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)"
"You're Looking At Country"
"Coal Miner's Daughter"
Ashley McBryde
Brandy Clark
Caylee Hammack
Pillbox Patti
John Osborne
"When Will I Be Loved"
Cody Johnson "'Til You Can't"
Cole Swindell
Jo Dee Messina
"She Had Me at Heads Carolina"
Miranda Lambert "Geraldene"
Carrie Underwood "Hate My Heart"
Luke Combs "The Kind of Love We Make"
Luke Bryan "Country On"
Carly Pearce
Ricky Skaggs
Sonya Isaacs
Jenee Fleenor
"Dear Miss Loretta"
Zac Brown Band
Marcus King
"Out in the Middle"
Thomas Rhett
Katy Perry
"Where We Started"
Lainey Wilson
"Wait in the Truck"
Kelsea Ballerini
Kelly Clarkson
Carly Pearce
"You're Drunk, Go Home"
Morgan Wallen "You Proof"
Patty Loveless
Chris Stapleton
Darrell Scott
Morgane Stapleton
"You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive"
Brothers Osborne
The War and Treaty
"It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It)"
Elle King
The Black Keys
Tribute to Jerry Lee Lewis
"Great Balls of Fire"
Carrie Underwood
Dierks Bentley
Jon Pardi
Lainey Wilson
Alan Jackson
Tribute to Alan Jackson
"Remember When"
"Drive (For Daddy Gene)"
"Chasin' That Neon Rainbow"
"Don't Rock The Jukebox"


The presenters for the 56th CMA awards were announced on November 3.[12]

Nominee milestones[edit]

Courtesy of Billboard.[13]

  • As the top nominee with six nods, Lainey Wilson becomes the fourth artist to receive six or more nominations as a first-time nominee. Wilson follows Glen Campbell (1968), Brad Paisley (2000), and Kacey Musgraves (2013) who also had six in their first years.
  • With Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert's nominations for Entertainer of the Year, this is the first time that two female acts have been nominated in this category three years running since Reba McEntire and The Judds in 1986-88.
  • Shane McAnally's Song of the Year nomination for "Never Wanted to Be That Girl" ties him for most nominations in that category with Alan Jackson, with both songwriters achieving ten nods.
  • For the first time in CMA history, three of the five nominees in the Single of the Year category are collaborations. "Never Wanted to Be That Girl" by Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde is also the second all-female collaboration to be nominated in this category, following "Does He Love You" by Reba McEntire and Linda Davis in 1994.
  • Miranda Lambert remains the most nominated female artist in CMA history, with 61, and the third most nominated artist overall behind Alan Jackson (81) and George Strait (83). Lambert's sixth Album of the Year nomination for Palomino makes her the most nominated female artist in that category, overtaking McEntire, Underwood and Loretta Lynn who each have five.
  • With 16 nods, Lambert and Underwood are tied for the third most nominations in the Female Vocalist of the Year category behind McEntire (18) and Martina McBride (17). Similarly, Lady A's 15th nomination for Vocal Group of the Year put them in joint third with The Statler Brothers and Diamond Rio behind Little Big Town (17) and Alabama (21) for most nominations in the category. Brooks & Dunn also extend their lead as the most nominated act in the Vocal Duo of the Year category, with 23 nominations.
  • Paul Franklin continues to extend his streak as the most nominated musician in CMA history, receiving his 29th nomination in the Musician of the Year category. Despite his 30 nominations overall, Franklin is notable for having never won a CMA Award in any category.[14]


The 56th CMA Awards averaged 7.57 million viewers during their live broadcast on ABC, up ten percent from the previous year's ceremony and becoming the most-watched show in its timeslot.[15]


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  13. ^ "First-Timer Lainey Wilson Leads Nominations for 2022 CMA Awards: Full List". Billboard.
  14. ^ "Paul Franklin's Been Nominated for CMAs 30 Times. He's Never Won". 29 September 2022.
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