2023 CMA Awards: Lainey Wilson Wins Album of the Year, for ‘Bell Bottom Country’

Lainey Wilson has another CMA Award to add to her growing collection. The Louisiana native, who already won the trophies for Musical Event of the Year and Video of the Year, for “wait in the truck” with HARDY, won the CMA Award for Album of the Year, for Bell Bottom Country. The record was released in October of 2022.

“First of all, thank you to Jesus,” Wilson said in her acceptance speech. “Thank you to my family. Thank you to the fans. Thank you to my record label, Broken Bow/BMG. Thank you, Sony Music Publishing. Thank you to Red Light Management. Thank you to all the players on this record. Thank you [producer] Jay Joyce for being a mad scientist. Thank you to my songwriters, my co-writers, my people. I’ll tell you what, I feel like my love for storytelling truly came from being from Baskin, a town of 200 people, where there’s not a whole lot to do.

“I mean, you sit around a kitchen table and you tell the same old stories you’ve been hearing for years, the kind of stories that get better every single time you hear them,” she continued. “Stories that make you laugh, make you cry, make you want to drink beer, just make you feel something. And that’s what we wanted to do with this record. So thank you so much.”

Wilson led the list of nominees with nine nominations, a number that she admits was shocking.

“It’s crazy,” Wilson gushed to the New York Post, speaking of being the most-nominated artist at this year’s CMA Awards. “I mean, there’s a few categories where I’m competing with myself. It’s wild. If you would have told little Lainey that this would happen this soon into my career, I would have told you you were lying.”

Wilson won both New Artist and Female Vocalist of the Year in 2022, a hearty welcome to Wilson, who spent years and years dreaming of moments like that.

“When last year happened, I just felt like I was a part of the community,” Wilson said. “I felt very embraced. It made me feel like, ‘Wow, I’m really starting to gain the respect of my peers and the people that I look up to in this industry.’ And when that happens, it just kind of lights another fire under you.”

Wilson will headline both her global Lainey Wilson: LIVE Tour, and her Country’s Cool Again Tour. Find music and tour dates at LaineyWilson.com.