CMT has named ten artists to its prestigious Next Women of Country (NWOC) franchise, the brand’s long-running effort to support and promote developing female talent.
The CMT Next Women of Country Class of 2022 includes:
Laci Kaye Booth
For the second consecutive year, CMT’s Hot 20 Countdown will officially introduce the class of 2022 during a dedicated three-hour special this weekend on Saturday, Jan. 22 and Sunday, Jan. 23 beginning at 8 a.m. on CMT. The special will feature exclusive interviews and performances with each new NWOC member, plus a special interview with NWOC alumna Maren Morris, who reflects on her experience with the program.
“We are so excited to welcome our newest class of ultra-talented female artists into our beloved CMT Next Women of Country franchise,” says Leslie Fram, Sr. VP of Music & Talent at CMT. “Each is boldly blazing their own spirited path on their own terms, destined to make a lasting impact on country music. We celebrate this diverse group of women and look forward to supporting their work and their careers in 2022 and beyond.”
Over the next year, the new CMT NWOC class will receive cross-brand support for their music and videos across all CMT platforms, in addition to cross-promotional opportunities for ViacomCBS’ MTV Entertainment Group.
A staunch advocate for country music’s female artists, CMT first launched its Next Women of Country campaign in 2013 as an effort to support and promote developing female talent, both signed and unsigned, in a male-dominated format. This year’s class marks a total of 95 female acts that have been named as part of the program, including notable alumni such as Morris, Ashley McBryde, Brandy Clark, Brittney Spencer, Carly Pearce, Gabby Barrett, Ingrid Andress, Kacey Musgraves, Kelsea Ballerini, Lainey Wilson, Lauren Alaina, Lindsay Ell, Mickey Guyton and Tenille Arts, among others.