Baskin native Lainey Wilson racks up at CMA Awards


Louisiana native Lainey Wilson won five CMA awards last night. She took home Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, and when she won Album of the Year…

“I feel like my love for storytelling truly came from being from Baskin, a town of 200 people, where there’s not a whole lot to do. I mean you sit around the kitchen table, and you tell the same old stories you’ve been hearing for years. The kind of stories that get better every single time you hear them. Stories that make you laugh, make you cry. Make you want to drink a beer, just make you feel something,” said Wilson.

Wilson’s win in five categories in one year ties the record first set by Johnny Cash in 1969. The 31-year-old from Baskin led the competition with nine nominations and recalled how significant her ninth year was as a child.

“It’s also the year that I wrote my first song, it’s the year that I got my first pair of bellbottoms. It’s the year that my momma and daddy brought me to Nashville for the very first time, said Wilson.

Wilson thanked all the female country artists who came before her and the ones alongside her.

“Us girls, y’all we’ve been having to blaze trails from the very, very beginning. And I just want to say thank you so much for letting me be a part of that,” said Wilson.

The ride just keeps getting wilder. Country music has wrapped its arms around me in ways I could’ve never imagined. This is the dream y’all. It all feels so divinely lead. From the bottom of my heart, thank you, thank you, thank you 🙏🏻 🙌🏻❤😭 #CMAawards

— Lainey Wilson (@laineywilson) November 9, 2023

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