Morgan Wallen on his chances of being named CMA New Artist: "It's cool for me either way"

Written by on November 13, 2019

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“Whiskey Glasses” singer Morgan Wallen is up for New Artist of the Year at Wednesday night’s CMA Awards, and he says he’s enjoyed being a “CMA Nominee” almost as much as he’d enjoy actually taking the trophy home.

You know, it’d be something that I’d really cherish and really mean a lot to me if we won, but if we don’t, then I also just appreciate the nomination,” he told ABC Audio on Tuesday. “And I also get to experience what this means on an everyday basis. You know, I get to see it everywhere out on the road. So it’s cool for me either way. But obviously, I would really, really love to win.”

There are other artists Morgan would love to see win as well.

I’m a huge Eric Church fan, and I know that he’s never won that award,” he said, referring to The Chief’s nod for Entertainer of the Year. “So I think if I could pick one person that I really want to win, it’d be him.”

But of course, Morgan’s also rooting for Hardy, his co-writer on “Up Down.” Hardy’s nominated for Song of the Year for co-writing Blake Shelton‘s #1 hit “God’s Country.”

“He showed [the song] to me and he said, ‘Man, I think I’m gonna let Blake Shelton cut this,'” Morgan recalled. “And I was like, ‘What?..Why would you not sing that??’ Because, I immediately was like, ‘This song is awesome!'”

He laughed, “But it worked out all right for them!  So I hope he wins.” 

Tune in to the 53rd annual CMA Awards Wednesday night on ABC to see if Morgan and his picks take home the trophies.

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