Nominees for the People’s Choice Country Music Country People’s Music Choice Awards


What a joke.

We need another country music awards show like we need another natural disaster. In fact, I’m half certain it’s because humanity is so busied by meaningless baubles like redundant country music awards shows that God has forsaken us. In some respects, we deserve this bullshit.

They aren’t much better, but at least the CMAs and ACMs have been around for over 50 years, giving them some semblance of history and meaning. The CMT have turned into an everloving shit show. Now the powers that be think we need a FOURTH country music awards show? Even the film industry that gives Susan Sarandon a trophy every time she passes gas is like, “Yeesh!”

What makes the People’s Choice Country Awards (yes, that word salad is the actual name) different is that they’re fan voted. It’s not that fans shouldn’t have the ultimate say so in who the most popular or deserving artists in country music should be. But in these instances, it’s not actually fans deciding who is “best” from a true canvasing of the country music public. It all has to do with which artists are most motivated to mobilize their fan bases to vote for this crap.

So should more discerning country music fans all mobilize to vote for Zach Bryan and other more independent artists like Tyler Childers who are up for these awards? Honestly, I don’t give a shit if you do or you don’t. Sure, it is kind of cool to see Zach Bryan up for top awards, even if they’ve been stretched to eight nominees per category to rope-a-dope more fan bases into paying attention to this stuff. This is no different than when some outlets do these fan-voted competitions as an underhanded way to rack up pageviews.

But the simple truth is these awards are about as meaningless as the now defunct American Country Awards that they tried to ram down our throats a few years ago. The People’s Choice Country Awards is all about trying to “maximize synergies” in the deal the Grand Ole Opry’s parent company did with NBC Universal a while back.

Nobody’s clamoring for yet another damn country music awards show. What we are clamoring for is for full Grand Ole Opry presentations to make their way back on television as opposed to an hour every once in a while on the hard-to-find Circle Network. Whatever happened to new Hee-Haw episodes? This is the stuff country music fans actually want, not some obvious excuse to try to make Blake Shelton relevant again by shoehorning him in as a nominee in some of these categories.

Anyways, here are the nominees. You can hunt down where to vote for these things if you want to on your own.


THE PEOPLE’S ARTIST OF 2023

  1. Blake Shelton
  2. Kane Brown
  3. Kelsea Ballerini
  4. Lainey Wilson
  5. Luke Combs
  6. Morgan Wallen
  7. Old Dominion
  8. Zach Bryan

THE MALE ARTIST OF 2023

  1. Bailey Zimmerman
  2. Blake Shelton
  3. HARDY
  4. Jelly Roll
  5. Kane Brown
  6. Luke Combs
  7. Morgan Wallen
  8. Zach Bryan

THE FEMALE ARTIST OF 2023

  1. Ashley McBryde
  2. Carly Pearce
  3. Carrie Underwood
  4. Elle King
  5. Kelsea Ballerini
  6. Lainey Wilson
  7. Megan Moroney
  8. Miranda Lambert

THE GROUP/DUO OF 2023

  1. Brothers Osborne
  2. Dan + Shay
  3. Lady A
  4. Little Big Town
  5. Maddie & Tae
  6. Old Dominion
  7. Parmalee

      8. The War and Treaty

THE NEW ARTIST OF 2023

  1. Bailey Zimmerman
  2. Corey Kent
  3. ERNEST
  4. Megan Moroney
  5. Ingrid Andress 
  6. Jelly Roll
  7. Priscilla Block
  8. Zach Bryan

THE SOCIAL COUNTRY STAR OF 2023

  1. Bailey Zimmerman
  2. Blake Shelton
  3. Carrie Underwood
  4. Dolly Parton
  5. Kelsea Ballerini
  6. Luke Combs
  7. Morgan Wallen
  8. Shania Twain

THE SONG OF 2023 

  1. “Fast Car” – Luke Combs (Songwriter: Tracy Chapman)
  2. “Last Night” – Morgan Wallen (Songwriters: Ashley Gorley, Jacob Kasher Hindlin, John Byron, Ryan Vojtesak)
  3. “Love You Anyway” – Luke Combs (Songwriters: Dan Isbell, Luke Combs, Ray Fulcher)
  4. “Need A Favor” – Jelly Roll (Songwriters: Austin Nivarel, Jason DeFord/Jelly Roll, Joe Ragosta, Rob Ragosta)
  5. “Tennessee Orange” – Megan Moroney (Songwriters: Ben Williams, David Fanning, Megan Moroney, Paul Jenkins)
  6. “Thank God” – Kane Brown, Katelyn Brown (Songwriters: Christian Stalnecker, Jared Mullins, Jaxson Free, Josh Hoge, Kyle Fishman)
  7. “Thinkin’ Bout Me” – Morgan Wallen (Songwriters: Ashley Gorley, John Byron, Ryan Vojtesak, Taylor Phillips)
  8. “wait in the truck” – HARDY feat. Lainey Wilson (Songwriters: Hunter Phelps, Jordan Schmidt, Michael Hardy, Renee Blair)

THE COLLABORATION SONG OF 2023

1. “Beer With My Friends” – Kenny Chesney & Old Dominion (Songwriters: Bryan Simpson, David Lee Murphy, Shy Carter)
2. “Cowgirls” – Morgan Wallen feat. ERNEST (Songwriters: Ashley Gorley, Ernest Keith Smith, James Maddocks, Milan Modi, Rocky Block, Ryan Vojtesak)
3. “red” – HARDY feat. Morgan Wallen (Songwriters: Michael Hardy, Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip, Jacob Rice)
4. “Save Me” – Jelly Roll with Lainey Wilson (Songwriters: David Ray Stevens, Jason DeFord/Jelly Roll)
5. “Thank God” – Kane Brown, Katelyn Brown (Songwriters: Christian Stalnecker, Jared Mullins, Jaxson Free, Josh Hoge, Kyle Fishman)
6. “wait in the truck” – HARDY feat. Lainey Wilson (Songwriters: Hunter Phelps, Jordan Schmidt, Michael Hardy, Renee Blair)
7. “We Don’t Fight Anymore” – Carly Pearce, Chris Stapleton (Songwriters: Shane McAnally, Carly Pearce, Pete Good)
8. “You, Me, And Whiskey” – Justin Moore, Priscilla Block (Songwriters: Brock Berryhill, Jessi Alexander, Cole Taylor)

THE CROSSOVER SONG OF 2023

  1. “Dawns” – Zach Bryan feat. Maggie Rogers (Songwriters: Maggie Rogers, Zachary Lane Bryan)
  2. “Just Say I’m Sorry” – P!nk, Chris Stapleton (Songwriters: Alecia Moore, Chris Stapleton)
  3. “Life Goes On” – Ed Sheeran feat. Luke Combs (Songwriter: Ed Sheeran)
  4. “Seasons” – Bebe Rexha, Dolly Parton (Songwriters: Bebe Rexha, Ido Zmishlany, Sarah Solovay)
  5. “Texas” – Jessie Murph feat. Maren Morris (Songwriters: Alex Niceforo, Amy Allen, Jessie Murph, Warren “Oak” Felder)
  6. “That’s Not How This Works” – Charlie Puth feat. Dan + Shay (Songwriters: Jordan Reynolds, Charlie Puth, Dan Smyers)
  7. “UNHEALTHY” – Anne-Marie feat. Shania Twain (Anne-Marie Nicholson, CASTLE, Connor McDonough, Riley McDonough)
  8. “Wasted” – Diplo feat. Kodak Black & Koe Wetzel (Songwriters: Bill K. Kapri, Richard Cook Mears IV, Ropyr Wetzel, Thomas Wesley Pentz) 

THE ALBUM OF 2023

  1. Bell Bottom Country – Lainey Wilson
  2. Different Man – Kane Brown
  3. Gettin’ Old – Luke Combs
  4. One Thing At A Time – Morgan Wallen
  5. Religiously. The Album. – Bailey Zimmerman
  6. Rolling Up The Welcome Mat – Kelsea Ballerini
  1. the mockingbird & THE CROW – HARDY
  2. Whitsitt Chapel – Jelly Roll

THE MUSIC VIDEO OF 2023

  1. “In Your Love” – Tyler Childers
  2. “Need a Favor” – Jelly Roll
  3. “Tennessee Orange” – Megan Moroney
  4. “Thank God” – Kane Brown, Katelyn Brown
  5. “Thought You Should Know” – Morgan Wallen
  6. “wait in the truck” – HARDY feat. Lainey Wilson
  7. “Where We Started” – Thomas Rhett, Katy Perry
  8. “You Proof” – Morgan Wallen

THE CONCERT TOUR OF 2023

  1. Blake Shelton: Back to the Honky Tonk Tour
  2. Carrie Underwood: Denim & Rhinestones Tour
  3. Chris Stapleton’s All-American Road Show Tour
  4. Kenny Chesney: I Go Back 2023 Tour
  5. Luke Combs World Tour
  6. Morgan Wallen: One Night At A Time World Tour
  7. Shania Twain: Queen of Me Tour
  8. Zach Bryan: The Burn, Burn, Burn Tour
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