Lainey Wilson will be honored as Breakout Artist of the Year at the upcoming 2022 CMT Artists Of The Year, premiering Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. CT on CMT.
“When it came to naming Breakout Artist, Lainey Wilson was unquestionably our only choice this year,” notes Leslie Fram, SVP, Music & Talent, CMT. “Not only is she a powerhouse performer and tremendously gifted songwriter with contagious energy and drive, she is just starting to show the world her range and versatility, as evident by her upcoming role on hit series Yellowstone. From naming her as part of the Next Women of Country franchise in 2019 to watching her shine on our CMT Music Awards stage with one of the most memorable performances this year, we couldn’t be more thrilled to celebrate Lainey’s much-deserved successes and cheer her on for all that’s next!”
Wilson has a growing string of No. 1s, including the Platinum-certified “Things A Man Oughta Know” and “Never Say Never” with Cole Swindell. Her two latest singles, “Heart Like a Truck” and “wait in the truck” with Hardy, both continue to climb the charts as she readies to drop her new album, Bell Bottom Country, on Oct. 28.
This year, she has garnered three wins at 2022 ACM Awards and is the leading nominee at November’s CMA Awards, where she notches six nods. Wilson will also play upcoming dates with Luke Combs, and this fall will make her acting debut on the series Yellowstone.
“This past year has been a wild ride,” Wilson explains. “To be considered for this award reinforces that the years of hard work my team and I have put in was all worth it. The team at CMT feels like family, and the way they genuinely support artists on their platform is so special and important for dreamers like me.”
Wilson has a strong history with CMT, first named to its Next Women of Country franchise in 2019. This past April, she performed “Never Say Never” with Cole Swindell on the 2022 CMT Music Awards. She has also been featured in an episode of CMT Digital’s hit series CMT Campfire Sessions.
Broadcasting from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the evening will salute Carly Pearce, Cody Johnson, Kane Brown, Luke Combs and Walker Hayes with special performances, guests and congratulatory moments. Alan Jackson will be named Artist of a Lifetime.
Additional honorees, performers and presenters for the 90-minute special will be announced soon.
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