2022 Midwest CMO Award Nominees and winners

After reviewing over 3,000 nominations, listening to hours and hours of excellent original music, and deliberating in over a dozen meetings, the Midwest CMO Nomination Selection committee is proud to present the nominees for the year of 2022! This is a fun and rewarding but difficult process, however, we truly feel that we did our very best to provide the top 5 in each category. If your name appears here you should be proud and humbled to be considered at the top of such an incredible group of artists and musicians. If your name doesn’t appear on this list, that means NOTHING–Music is a form of art and art can be very subjective. You should continue to create music and inspire more people through your stories and songs as that is what really matters…we promise you that.

It should be noted that this is the most geographically diverse set of nominees that we’ve ever had with artists from home states of Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, & South Dakota all represented and we hope this is a trend that continues with the growth of our young organization!

We will soon turn it over to the members to cast their votes and we ask that YOU as a member utilize the same diligence that we used to finalize the nominees. We will be editing this page and providing you with some of the sample works and songs that these nominees are being judged by and we ask that you spend the time to familiarize yourself with their work, just as they would for you.

All votes will be tabulated and revealed for the first time LIVE at the Midwest CMO Award Show on April 22nd at the Roof Garden Ballroom in Arnold’s Park Iowa! This event is open to the public and tickets are available here: https://roofgardenballroom.com/event/midwest-cmo/ Congratulations to ALL of the nominees and we’ll see you in Iowa!

~Midwest CMO Nomination Selection Committee


2022 Entertainer of the year NOMINEES

Brad Morgan

Chris Kroeze

Shane Martin Band

Tim Sigler

2022 male vocalist of the year NOMINEES

Ben Johnson

Chris Kroeze

Derek Jones

Jake Nelson

Russ Parrish

2022 female vocalist of the year NOMINEES

Dariann Leigh

Erin Grand

Joyann Parker

Maygen Lacey

Sarah Morris

2022 Band of the year NOMINEES

Gregg Hall & The Wrecking Ball

Lake & Lyndale

Pat Watters Band

Shalo Lee Band

Shane Martin Band

2022 Album of the year

Bring Me Home
Ben Johnson

Hellfire, Holy Water
Brooke Lynn

One Night at the Crystal Lounge
Luke Hendrickson

Maygen and the Birdwatcher

Ain't That Something