As we watched the excitement of the CMA’s unfold yesterday evening, our COWGIRL covergirl Lainey Wilson emerged as the first woman to receive CMA’s Entertainer of the Year award since 2011 including 2023 Vocalist of the Year (for the second year in a row) and 3 additional awards. With an impressive track record of nine nominations, Wilson’s triumph is not only a personal victory but an achievement for female country music artists in the industry.
Wilson’s journey up to this event has been marked by resilience, talent, and impressive dedication to her craft. The Louisiana native has consistently captivated audiences with her soulful voice, lyrics, and dynamic stage presence. Her nominations over the past year including her nine time CMA nomination in one night, reflected the industry’s acknowledgment of her impact, setting the stage for the breakthrough moment that finally arrived.
On stage, during her recognition speech, she stated “we worked out butts off this year and so many years in between and its finally started to feel like country music is starting to love me back, I love it with my whole heart..9 might be my lucky number.”
The significance of Wilson’s win extends beyond individual recognition, shedding light on the underrepresentation of women in the Entertainer of the Year category. The last woman to claim this honor was Taylor Swift in 2011. Lainey Wilson’s victory serves as a beacon of inspiration for aspiring female artists to show barriers can be shattered.
In the wake of this groundbreaking achievement, we congratulate Lainey Wilson for this special award and recognition.