CMA 2022: Lainey Wilson on Winning Female Vocalist of the Year, Walking the Carpet with Her Dad: “A Dream”


The 2022 Country Music Association Awards were an unforgettable experience for many celebrities, especially Lainey Wilson.

“Tonight is the best night of my life,” Wilson exclusively told Fox News Digital on the red carpet Wednesday night.

After receiving the most nominations for the 56th annual awards show – with six – Wilson was crowned singer of the year and new artist of the year.

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“I’m speechless,” Wilson remarked.

The country star reflected on his 11-year trip to Nashville, working on his music career.

After receiving six nominations for the 56th annual awards ceremony, Lainey Wilson was crowned singer of the year and new artist of the year.
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“I feel so blessed. I feel so lucky to feel the true support of this city and its fans. I don’t know if every artist feels that because I feel like there were so many people tonight and everywhere that was cheering me on…really rooting me,” Wilson continued.

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“I don’t take it lightly and I appreciate it so much.”

The interpreter of “Heart Like a Truck” confided with emotion on one of the most memorable moments of the evening.

“My dad was there to walk me around the mat which was huge because he was sick. So having him here by my side was really cool, especially because it was a dream of his,” added Wilson.

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She also reflected on how her dad used to roll out a picnic table on the side of the highway and ‘pretend’ he was Glen Campbell, while playing for passing cars. .

Other country stars to take home the scintillating award include Cody Johnson for Music Video of the Year – directed by Dustin Haney – and Single of the Year for his song “Til You Can’t”.

Other country stars who took home the scintillating award were Cody Johnson for Music Video of the Year and Single of the Year for Song. "Until you can't."

Other country stars to take home the scintillating award include Cody Johnson for Music Video of the Year and Single of the Year for his song “Til You Can’t.”
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The two-time CMA winner fondly recalled his long endeavors in the country music industry and expressed how grateful he was for the opportunities.

“It means the world. I know what it’s like to be hungry, to go and play a show with no money…I couldn’t afford McDonald’s and here we are…I’m very, very grateful,” said Johnson as a Fox News Digital exclusive.

He continued to recount his childhood aspirations to be a country star and thanked his wife for her unconditional support.

“When I was about 12, I used to play guitar in my bedroom, after I did my homework, until my fingers were bleeding…I knew I wanted to play music,” Johnson recalled.

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The 2022 CMA Awards began with a tribute, sung by, left to right, Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire and Miranda Lambert, to honor legendary country singer Loretta Lynn, who died earlier this year at age 90.

The 2022 CMA Awards began with a tribute, sung by, left to right, Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire and Miranda Lambert, to honor legendary country singer Loretta Lynn, who died earlier this year at age 90.
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“I knew I loved entertaining people…I had no idea I was going to be surrounded by the kind of people I was surrounded by, my band, my crew on the label…my wife got involved. stood by my side throughout so much, and here we are. It’s just amazing.”

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The 2022 CMA Awards began with a tribute, sung by Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and Reba McEntire, to honor legendary late country singer Loretta Lynn, who died earlier this year at age 90.

Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning co-hosted the awards show in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena.


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