FRISCO, TEXAS - MAY 11: Kane Brown performs onstage during the 58th Academy Of Country Music Awards at The Ford Center at The Star on May 11, 2023 in Frisco, Texas, NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - JUNE 07: (L-R) Trea Swindle, Danica Hart and Devynn Hart of Chapel Hart attend The Concert for Love & Acceptance at Wildhorse Saloon on June 07, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee and LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY - JUNE 03: Zach Bryan performs on the first day of the 2023 Railbird Music Festival at The Infield at Red Mile on June 03, 2023 in Lexington, Kentucky.
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5 Glaring Snubs on the 2023 CMA Awards Ballot

Zach Bryan and others deserved better from CMA voters.

There weren't too many surprises on the 2023 CMA Awards ballot. Luke Combs, Lainey Wilson and Morgan Wallen continue to reign as the latest superstars to reach the same level of sustained acclaim as Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and Chris Stapleton. CMA voters view Jelly Roll as a break or two away from the mountaintop, with Jordan Davis and Megan Moroney not too far behind.

Still, there's always room for critique any time a round of industry award nominations drop. Some may wish for more traditional country-leaning acts in major categories, with Zach Bryan being a notable snub outside of New Artist of the Year consideration. Others can strongly argue that still-musically-relevant reality TV notables Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton should always be in the Entertainer of the Year running.

Read on for Wide Open Country's take on how a solid CMA Awards ballot could've been even stronger.

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