Academy Of Country Music Awards nominations 2013

The nominations for the 48th Academy Of Country Music Awards were released earlier today. Whilst I always find the ACMs difficult to predict because the amount of newer artists and fan-voted categories, I also always find it interesting to predict who I think will win. I am only going to predict the main awards but if you want my opinion on any of the others just let me know.



ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR....
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Miranda Lambert
Blake Shelton
Taylor Swift

This is always an interesting category as it's one of two fan-voted categories (the other being New Artist Of The Year) I think the fan-voted aspect will help to push Luke Bryan to the win. He's been having a lot of success recently and this will continue it.

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR....
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Toby Keith
Blake Shelton

This is developing into quite a tough category. I would love to see Eric Church win this, his wins at last years CMAs show country music is becoming a lot more receptive to his music and he definitely deserves it.

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR....
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Kacey Musgraves
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

It's surprising to see Kacey Musgraves nominated here against such well known artists. As much as it would be interesting to see Kacey win this I don't honestly think that's going to happen, instead it will probably go to Carrie Underwood. It could be close between Carrie and Miranda Lambert but I think Carrie will just win.

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR....
Big & Rich
Florida Georgia Line
Love And Theft
Sugarland
Thompson Square

This is a tough category to predict this year. Interestingly Flordia Georgia Line receive a nomination instead of The Civil Wars (in terms of comparison to the CMAs). I think Thompson Square will win the award this year although they could have tough competition from Florida Georgia Line.

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR....
The Band Perry
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Zac Brown Band

This is always the toughest category to predict. Ultimately I think Little Big Town will continue their current run of success but if they don't win I would like Zac Brown Band to win.

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR....
Florida Georgia Line
Brantley Gilbert
Jana Kramer

Each of these artists has already won an ACM award in their respective "New Artist" categories but I think Jana Kramer will win the overall award. All of these artists have been having a lot of success recently so it's a very hard category.

ALBUM OF THE YEAR....
Blown Away - Carrie Underwood
Chief - Eric Church
Red - Taylor Swift
Tailgates & Tanlines - Luke Bryan
Tornado - Little Big Town

In my opinion this is between "Tornado" and "Chief" and I'm going to go with "Tornado". The album is one of Little Big Town's strongest with a brilliant selection of songs.

SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR....
Even If It Breaks Your Heart - Eli Young Band
Over You - Miranda Lambert
Pontoon - Little Big Town
Springsteen - Eric Church
Wanted - Hunter Hayes

As with Album Of The Year, I think this once again comes down to Little Big Town with "Pontoon" or Eric Church with "Springsteen". Whilst I would be happy if either artist won I'm going to go with "Pontoon". It has become somewhat of a anthem since it was released and is a great song generally.

SONG OF THE YEAR....
A Woman Like You - Lee Brice
Even If It Breaks Your Heart - Eli Young Band
Over You - Miranda Lambert
Springsteen - Eric Church
Wanted - Hunter Hayes

I think "Over You" wins this one. Although the Single Record and Song nominations are similar "Over You" is quite lyric based and I think people love the story behind the song which contributes to it's success.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR....
Creepin' - Eric Church
Merry Go 'Round - Kacey Musgraves
Tornado - Little Big Town
Wanted - Hunter Hayes
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together - Taylor Swift
The Wind - Zac Brown Band

I always find Video Of The Year hard to predict but think it may go to Kacey Musgraves for "Merry Go Round" - it is a well produced video and Kacey definitely deserves an award.

VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR....
Don't Rush - Kelly Clarkson featuring Vince Gill
Easy - Rascal Flatts featuring Natasha Bedingfield
Feel Like A Rock Star - Kenny Chesney (duet with Tim McGraw)
Let It Rain - David Nail featuring Sarah Buxton
The Only Way I Know - Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan & Eric Church

I love that David Nail is nominated for this although I don't think he'll win it unfortunately. Whilst this is always hard to predict I think it'll go to "The Only Way I Know" - it's been a very successful song for all the artists involved.


ARTISTS I FEEL MISSED OUT....
It's interesting that Brad Paisley isn't nominated at all and that Tim McGraw only has one mention (in Vocal Event Of The Year). I also feel Zac Brown Band should have had more nominations, possibly an Album Of The Year nomination for "Uncaged". Also strange that there are no Jake Owen nominations, he is having a very good year.

RECAP....
Entertainer Of The Year = Luke Bryan
Male Vocalist Of The Year = Eric Church
Female Vocalist Of The Year = Carrie Underwood
Vocal Duo Of The Year = Thompson Square
Vocal Group Of The Year = Little Big Town
New Artist Of The Year = Jana Kramer
Album Of The Year = Tornado - Little Big Town
Single Record Of The Year = Pontoon - Little Big Town
Song Of The Year = Over You - Miranda Lambert
Video Of The Year = Merry Go 'Round - Kacey Musgraves
Vocal Event Of The Year = The Only Way I Know - Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan & Eric Church

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