Editorial: 57th CMA Awards

November 9, 2023, the 57th CMA Awards took place, hosted by Luke Byran and Peyton Manning. They did an excellent job hosting the Country Music event. 

Congratulations to all the winners of the 57th CMA Awards.

Here are my comments on last night’s musical performances and awards highlights. 

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-Opening ActJelly Roll & Wynona Judd – Need a FavorIt was a bold way to start the 57th CMA Awards. They sang with heart and passion.

-Luke Bryan – A medley of hits*Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day*That’s My Kind of Night *

*Play It Again
*Country Girl (Shake It for Me)
Luke Bryan gave a fantastic and fun performance of a medley of his catchy hits.

– Ashley McBryde – Light on in the KitchenShe gave a heartfelt and soulful performance of her single Light on in the Kitchen.

-Cody Johnson – The PainterHe gave a touching and beautiful performance of his latest hit. He sang with heart and soul.

-Morgan Wallen & Eric Church – Man Made a BarThey sang the song with a fun, party-like vibe.

-Luke Combs – Where The Wild Things AreHe gave a heartwarming performance of his latest single and had a cozy atmosphere.

-Chris Stapleton – White HorseHe gave an impressive performance with a dynamic vibe.

-Jordan Davis – Next Thing You KnowIt was a beautiful, touching performance by Jordan Davis – from the heart.

-Lainey Wilson – Wildflowers and Wild HorsesIt was an epic and theatrical performance. Lainey Wilson was bold and sang with great passion.

-Dan + Shay – Save Me The TroubleWhat an incredible performance by the Country duo! They sang with spirit. 

-Kelsea Ballerini – Leave Me AgainShe gave a sincere performance, singing with heart and soul.  

-The War & Treaty – That’s How Love Is Made It was a beautiful and romantic debut performance by The War & Treaty. They sang with genuine love.

-Tribute to Jimmy Buffett *Kenny Chesney & Mac McNally – A Pirate Looks at Forty *Zac Brown Band & Alan Jackson – Adios My Friend & MargaritavilleThey paid a touching, soulful tribute to the late Jimmy Buffett. It was profound and heartwarming.

-Megan Moroney & Old Dominion – Can’t Break Up NowThey sang a remarkable duet together – a fantastic performance.  

-Carly Pearce & Chris Stapleton – We Don’t Fight AnymoreWhat an impressive performance. The choice of the two singers not singing side by side but on separate parts of the stages was bold.

-Hardy, Morgan Wallen & Post Malone – John Deer GreenThey sang with great enthusiasm- a vibrant trio. Post Malone added a fun touch to the performance.

-Career Tribute to Tanya TuckerLittle Big Town & Tanya Tucker – Delta DawnA lovely homage to Tanya Tucker’s career.

 -Final performanceK.Michelle & Jelly Roll – Love Can Build a BridgeIt was a beautiful way to end the 57th CMA Awards. The song felt relevant and gave a sense of love and hope during trying times.


Single of the Year: Luke Combs- Fast Car

Song of the Year: Tracey Chapman – Fast Car

New Artist of the Year: Jelly Roll

Female Vocalist of the Year: Lainey Wilson

Male Vocalist of the Year: Chris Stapleton

Entertainer of the Year: Lainey Wilson 

57th CMA Awards Moments

-The hostsLuke Bryan and Peyton Manning were fantastic as hosts. They were funny during the opening monologue and other interactions, including those before a musical performance.

-Moments of Generosity*Chris Young’s Shoutout to the music teachers was so sweet. What a lovely way to honour music teachers. 

*Crown Royal and The CMA Awards honoured Veterans with businesses. They gave an award to the Bunker Labs founder, Blake Hogan. These moments gave the 57th CMA Awards a sentimental feel.

Congratulations again to the winners of the 57th CMA Awards. Great job to Luke Bryan & Peyton Manning for hosting these awards. They were fun and dynamic. Great work, guys!

Flora Youssef

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