If there was a breakout star at the 56th Annual CMA Awards last night (11/9), it was Lainey Wilson. Lainey went into the show with six nominations, her first CMA nods in her career, and she won both the New Artist of the Year award and the Female Vocalist Award.
Wilson had some tough competition in the Female Vocalist category. The other nominees were Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Ashley McBryde, and last year’s winner Carly Pearce.
When she won, she was shocked and speechless when she got to the podium, but as she told us backstage after her win, she wasn’t the only nominee happy about her win. “I think they’re really happy for me. I mean, Miranda (Lambert) just came over, and Ashley (McBryde) too, and they have tears in their eyes. They are just as excited for me as I would have been for them.”
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She added, “Every single girl in the category I look up to in some way. A lot of the girls have given me advice, they have pointed me in directions, I mean they have listened to me cry. It’s really a sisterhood, it truly is, and they are rooting me on, and I feel the love; it’s so genuine and it goes for them too.”
Although it was her first nomination in the category, Lainey knew that she had earned it. She said backstage, “It’s something really special, and no, in a million years expected it, but I’ll take it. I’ve been here a long time working hard, and they (her fellow nominees) know that about me too, and I think they’re really happy for me.”
At last night’s show, she performed several times, including paying tribute to Alan Jackson and singing “Wait In The Truck” with Hardy.
In late October, Wilson released her sophomore album dubbed Bell Bottom Country and has been on a whirlwind of doing interviews and promoting the new work.