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Fan favorite Lainey Wilson leads nominees for CMT Music Awards


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country singer Lainey Wilson is a fan favorite at this year’s CMT Music Awardswhere she is the main nominee, including for ‘Video of the Year’.

The “Heart Like a Truck” singer earned four nominations when the nominees were announced Wednesday ahead of the April 2 broadcast on CBS.

Other top nominees including Cody Johnson, CMT co-host Kane Brown and first-time nominee Jelly Roll, each of whom has three nominations. Brown and Kelsea Ballerini return to host the show from Austin, Texas.

There are 16 nominees for the show’s top prize, video of the year, a category in which Carrie Underwood holds the record in with 25 awards. She has been nominated again for her video “Hate My Heart” and will also perform.

Winners will be selected through fan voting, which is now open at

Wynonna Judd earned two nominations in the CMT Performance of the Year category, one with her late mother Naomi for their last performance together at last year’s CMT Music Awards and one for her performance of “The Rose” with Brandi Carlile at a memorial show after the death of Naomi Judd.

This year, CMT is splitting their Breakthrough Video of the Year award into separate subcategories for men and women, increasing the total number of nominees.

Joanna Swanson

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