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These are The Kicks Wake Up Krew’s Official CMA Award Predictions. Last year Jess got the most right. Will she be able to do it again this year, or will Dub pull out a win? Follow along tonight and see who gets the most right. Here are our Official CMA Award Predictions.

Entertainer of the Year

Luke Combs
Miranda Lambert
Chris Stapleton
Carrie Underwood
Morgan Wallen (Dub and Jess’ Pick)


Single of the Year

“Buy Dirt” — Jordan Davis featuring Luke Bryan (Dub’s Pick)
“half of my hometown” — Kelsea Ballerini (feat. Kenny Chesney)
“Never Wanted To Be That Girl” — Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde
“‘Til You Can’t” — Cody Johnson
“You Should Probably Leave” — Chris Stapleton (Jess’ Pick)


Album of the Year

“Growin’ Up” — Luke Combs (Jess’ Pick)
“Humble Quest” — Maren Morris
“Palomino” — Miranda Lambert (Dub’s Pick)
“Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin'” — Lainey Wilson
“Time, Tequila & Therapy” — Old Dominion

Female Vocalist of the Year

Miranda Lambert (Jess’ Pick)
Ashley McBryde (Dub’s Pick)
Carly Pearce
Carrie Underwood
Lainey Wilson


Male Vocalist of the Year

Eric Church
Luke Combs (Dub’s Pick)
Cody Johnson
Chris Stapleton (Jess’ Pick)
Morgan Wallen

Vocal Group of the Year

Lady A
Little Big Town
Midland
Old Dominion (Dub’s Pick)
Zac Brown Band (Jess’ Pick)


Vocal Duo of the Year

Brooks & Dunn
Brothers Osborne (Jess’ Pick)
Dan + Shay (Dub’s Pick)
LOCASH
Maddie & Tae

Music Video of the Year

“I Bet You Think About Me” (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault) — Taylor Swift (featuring Chris Stapleton) (Dub’s Pick)
“Longneck Way To Go” — Midland (featuring Jon Pardi)
“Never Say Never” — Cole Swindell (with Lainey Wilson)
“Never Wanted To Be That Girl” — Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde (Jess’ Pick)
“‘Til You Can’t” — Cody Johnson

New Artist of the Year

HARDY
Walker Hayes
Cody Johnson
Parker McCollum
Lainey Wilson (Dub and Jess’ Pick)

Song of the Year

Jordan Davis, “Buy Dirt” (Jacob Davis, Jordan Davis, Josh Jenkins, Matt Jenkins)
Carly Pearce & Ashley McBryde, “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” (Shane McAnally, Ashley McBryde, Carly Pearce)
Morgan Wallen, “Sand In My Boots” (Ashley Gorley, Michael Hardy, Josh Osborne) (Dub’s Pick)
Lainey Wilson, “Things a Man Oughta Know” (Jason Nix, Jonathan Singleton, Lainey Wilson) (Jess’ Pick)
Chris Stapleton, “You Should Probably Leave” (Chris DuBois, Ashley Gorley, Chris Stapleton)

Musical Event of the Year

Dierks Bentley, Breland & Hardy, “Beers On Me” (Producers: Dierks Bentley, Ross Copperman)
Jason Aldean & Carrie Underwood, “If I Didn’t Love You” (Producer: Michael Knox) (Jess’ Pick)
Midland (Feat. Jon Pardi), “Longneck Way To Go” (Producers: Dann Huff, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)
Cole Swindell With Lainey Wilson, “Never Say Never” (Producer: Zach Crowell) (Dub’s Pick)
Carly Pearce & Ashley McBryde, “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” (Produces: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)

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2022 CMA Nominee Reactions: Miranda, Lainey, and More

The 2022 CMA nominations came out this morning (9/7), and Lainey Wison tops the nominees as a first-time CMA nominee. Wilson follows in the footsteps of Glen Campbell, Brad Paisley, and Kacey Musgraves with six nods in her first year as a nominee.

Many of the nominees took to their social media this morning to share their joy and thanks.

  • Lainey Wilson

    Lainey said on Twitter, “6 NOMINATIONS!?!? I’m speechless. While I try to find the words, just know that I’m blown away and so so honored and proud to be nominated. Thank you to the entire country music community! @CountryMusic #CMAawards.”

  • Miranda Lambert

    Miranda said on Twitter, “I’m so thankful to be part of the country music family. Congrats to all the nominees. Gonna be a big ol party this year at the #CMAawards!”

  • Carly Pearce

    Carly tweeted, “Be still my heart & God bless country music THANK YOU @cma !!!!!”

  • Kenny Chesney

    Kenny said on Twitter, “Excited to be nominated for single of the year with @kelseaballerini. Thank you, Kelsea, for allowing me to be a part of the wonderful journey of #halfofmyhometown. Love you. #cmaawards.”

  • Kelsea Ballerini

    Kelsea wrote on Insta stories – “My first ever single of the year nomination, This song is the gift that keeps on giving.”

  • Maren Morris

    Maren Tweeted, “Thank you, @CountryMusic. The Humble Quest of it all…”

  • Zac Brown Band

    Zac wrote on Twitter, “It’s always an honor to be nominated. Thank you, @CountryMusic! Tune in Nov. 9th on @ABCNetwork #CMAawards.”

  • Brooks & Dunn

  • Cole Swindell

  • Lady A

    Lady A said on Twitter, “Thankful. Appreciative. Ecstatic. Blessed. The list could go on and on about how we’re feeling right now, but one thing is for certain, we are eternally grateful and humbled receiving this news this morning. Thank you @CountryMusic! #CMAawards.”