'New Artist of the Year Winners 30 & Older

the Year Winners 30 & Older

When the

2022 Country Music Association Awards are presented in Nashville on Nov

9, this

will be the fifth time in the past eight years that the new artist of the

Do I

have an inside source at the CMA who tipped me to the result? I do

But all

five of this year’s nominees in that category are 30+

The contenders

are HARDY, 32; Walker Hayes, 42; Cody Johnson, 35; Parker McCollum, 30; and Lainey Wilson, 30

And it’s

a matter of historical record that four of the last seven winners had reached 30

Ashley McBryde

and Jimmie Allen were both 36 when they won in 2019 and 2021, respectively

This year

is only the second time in CMA history that all five nominees for new artist

The only

other time this happened was in 1988, when the award was still known as the horizon

Oslin, 46;

Patty Loveless, 31; Sweethearts of the Rodeo; and Highway 101

‘Have a Plan, But

Be Ready to Abandon It’: ‘Into