CMA Awards 2023: Complete list of winners, best and worst moments

Nashville, Tennessee At the 57th annual Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday night

breakout country artist Lainey Wilson won entertainer of the year. This makes her the first female winner of the genre's highest honor at its most prestigious award ceremony since Taylor Swift did it in 2011. 

Prior to Swift, the Chicks, Shania Twain, Reba McEntire, Barbara Mandrell, Dolly Parton,

and Loretta Lynn were the previous women who took home the trophy in this category.

Wilson, 31, took a few moments to gather herself before going on stage. With five wins that evening—

out of a field-high nine nominations—she became the most successful artist to date. 

The vocalist, a ten-year industry favorite who put in a ton of work before making her breakthrough in Nashville, received thunderous applause from the crowd.  

as evidenced by the several times she and HARDY collected awards for the poignant song. 

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