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The 2023 CMT Music Awards nominations were announced this morning (3/8), and it could be a big night for Lainey Wilson as she is the top nominee with four nods total.

Sixteen videos are nominated on the original ballot for the top prize of the 2023 CMT Video of The Year. The top six nominees from the first round of voting will be announced on March 27. The final three nominees from the second round of voting will be announced on show day, April 2. Final voting will be determined via social media and announced as the final category during the live show.

Since 2002, CMT’s Video of the Year award has been given out, and the very first winner of the honor was Kenny Chesney for 2002’s “Young” video. Carrie Underwood won her very first Video of the Year award in 2007 for “Before He Cheats.” Since then, Carrie has won the Video of the Year award ten times, including her win with Jason Aldean last year (2022) for their video “If I Didn’t Love You.”

RELATED: Lainey Wilson Leads 2023 CMT Music Award Nominations

Kane Brown and Kelsea Ballerini will co-host the 2023 CMT Music Awards on April 2 from Austin, Texas’ Moody Center, and the show will air (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on CBS.

Below are all sixteen of CMT’s Video of the Year nominees for 2023.

  • Ashley McBryde, Caylee Hammack, Brandy Clark & Pillbox Patti – “Bonfire at Tina’s”

    The song comes from the Lindeville concept album which centers on a fictional town that is home to the various characters that appear in McBryde’s songs.

  • Blake Shelton – “No Body”

    Blake donned a fake mullet like he used to have in the 1990s with this video. The song is from his next album.

  • Carrie Underwood – “Hate My Heart”

    This video was filmed in a club in Nashville. Carrie co-wrote the song with HARDY, Hillary Lindsey, and David Garcia.

  • Cody Johnson – “Human”

    This song comes from Cody’s Human: The Double Album, which is his seventh studio album.

  • Elle King feat. Dierks Bentley – “Worth a Shot”

    King developed the concept for this fun western video, and it was shot in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

  • Gabby Barrett – “Pick Me Up”

    This video features Barrett’s husband, Cade Foehner, and showcases the journey of a couple as young adults to their elderly years. Gabby admits that she cried once she saw the music video for the first time.

  • HARDY feat. Lainey Wilson – “wait in the truck”

    The video follows the song, depicting a character played by HARDY killing the abuser of a character played by Wilson.

  • Jimmie Allen – “Down Home”

    The song is a tribute to Allen’s father, who died in 2019. Allen shot the video at his childhood house.

  • Kane Brown & Katelyn Brown – “Thank God”

    This video was filmed in Hawaii. The song is the first number one song for the married couple.

  • Keith Urban – “Wild Hearts”

    The song alludes to some moments from Urban’s life, including his childhood memory of seeing Johnny Cash in concert with his father.

  • Kelsea Ballerini – “HEARTFIRST”

    Kelsea said of the song in a statement, “It is the lovechild of The Corrs and Sheryl Crow, with a little Shania sprinkled on top.”

  • Little Big Town – “Rich Man”

    This is a song that Jimi Westbrook wrote. Nashville Actor Charles Esten stars in the video.

  • Luke Bryan – “Country On”

    Luke told us of the song when it came out in July of 2022, “It’s got patriotism in it, it’s got honoring people that keep us free and people that keep us safe and look after us.”

  • Luke Combs – “The Kind of Love We Make”

    This touching video follows the parallel stories of an older and younger couple.

  • Morgan Wallen – “You Proof”

    The song is about “drinking away the memory of a previous lover.” Wallen released it to honor his 29th birthday.

  • Walker Hayes – “AA”

    Walker said in a statement when he released the song, “I’ve struggled with alcohol abuse and sometimes I wish I didn’t need AA, but I do. I think a lot of people can relate to that.”

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