2023 CMAs: Morgan Wallen Responds to Shutout, Lainey Wilson’s BF Defends Her ETOY Win and More

Morgan Wallen and Carrie Underwood fans aren’t pleased after both artists were shut out at the 2023 CMA Awards.

When you look at those stats, is easy to see why fans are upset. But Lainey had a huge year as well!

“Watermelon Moonshine” hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, making her the first solo female artist in two years to have a song reach No. 1 on that chart. The last solo female to top the Billboard Country airplay was Wilson herself with “Things a Man Oughta Know” in September 2021, according to Music Row.

She also achieved multiple firsts this year, including being the first female artist in over a decade to have multiple songs charting in the Top 10.

The singer branched out into acting, starring on the popular series Yellowstone, and inked endorsement deals for Stella Rosa, Wrangler Jeans, and Dodge.

Wilson’s boyfriend, Devlin Hodges, took to X (formerly known as Twitter) to defend her win. “Can’t express how hard this girl works and how much she deserves this. Yeah she open for some people but I promise you.. anyone who sees her leaves there like DAMN what a show! She is a performer, a entertainer and I’m glad to call her my bestfriend.”

While Carrie wasn’t in attendance this year, Morgan was at the show and addressed the backlash on his Instagram story writing, “Walked in tonight a winner, didn’t walk out no different.”

According to the CMA’s The Entertainer of the Year Awardis for the act displaying the greatest competence in all aspects of the entertainment field. Voters should give consideration not only to recorded performance, but also to the in-person performance, public acceptance, leadership, and overall contribution to Country Music.

So even though she was the opener for another nominee, Wilson still fits the criteria for Entertainer of the Year.

Plus, just listen to this acceptance speech.