49th ACM Awards nominations

The nominees for this years ACM awards were announced this morning. Check out the main categories and my predictions below.


Entertainer Of The Year
Luke Bryan
Miranda Lambert
Blake Shelton
George Strait
Taylor Swift

Predicted winner = George Strait
One of two fan voted categories, this is a hard group to pick between. I definitely don't think Miranda or Blake have done enough this year, Luke may challenge and I think Taylor's increasing pop sound will mean she won't get enough support. George Strait is hugely respected by the industry and the fans and halfway through his last major tour he deserves this.

Male Vocalist Of The Year
Jason Aldean
Lee Brice
Luke Bryan
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban

Predicted winner = Blake Shelton
Brilliant to see Lee Brice creep in to this category but I think Blake's domination will continue, even though in my opinion Eric Church should be in here.

Female Vocalist Of The Year
Sheryl Crow
Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Predicted winner = Kacey Musgraves
I would love Sheryl Crow to win this but I can't feasibly see that happening. Female vocalist categories tend to be between Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert (with Miranda dominating in previous years) but Kacey has had a huge year and may just take this, ending Miranda's winning streak.


Vocal Duo Of The Year
Big & Rich
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Love and Theft
Thompson Square


Predicted winner = Florida Georgia Line
It seems this marks the beginning of a duo category without a nomination for Sugarland, something that is unfortunate but inevitable. The inclusion of Dan + Shay seems a bit odd but the genre seems to be struggling for well known duos at the moment. I would love Thompson Square to win this but Florida Georgia Line have continued with their strong start last year so it will most likely go to them. 

Vocal Group Of The Year
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Predicted winner = Little Big Town
Before Little Big Town's win last year, this category seemed to be dominated by Lady Antebellum. This year however I think Little Big Town's strong singles, the hype about their new album and their successful opening slot of Keith Urban's tour will allow them to retain the title. The Band Perry may challenge this but I don't see any challenge they may pose being enough to win.

New Artist Of The Year 
Lee Brice
Kip Moore
Brett Eldredge 
Kacey Musgraves
Tyler Farr
Parmalee
Justin Moore
Thomas Rhett

Predicted winner = Brett Eldredge
This fan voted category closes on February 4th at which point the final three nominees will be announced. A very hard category to pick between, I think Kacey's (predicted) win of female vocalist will mean she doesn't win this which probably leaves Brett Eldredge and Parmalee as the favourites. Brett is an amazing vocalist and I would love to see him get some recognition through this win.

Album Of The Year
Based On A True Story... - Blake Shelton
Crash My Party - Luke Bryan
Here's To The Good Times - Florida Georgia Line
Same Trailer Different Park - Kacey Musgraves
Two Lanes Of Freedom - Tim McGraw

Predicted winner = Same Trailer Different Park - Kacey Musgraves
Could be an interesting category. Blake's surprise win at the CMAs may give him the needed push but in my opinion this is between Florida Georgia Line and Kacey Musgraves with a possible outside chance to Tim McGraw. Out of the three I would like Tim to win but think Kacey will win. She lost out to Blake in this category at the CMAs and will beat him this time round.

Single Record Of The Year
Cruise - Florida Georgia Line
Highway Don't Care - Tim McGraw featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
I Drive Your Truck - Lee Brice
Mama's Broken Heart - Miranda Lambert
Wagon Wheel  - Darius Rucker featuring Lady Antebellum

Predicted winner = Cruise - Florida Georgia Line
There's no denying how hugely successful this track has been for the duo and certainly deserves to win this award considering the amount of records it has set as well.

Song Of The Year
Every Storm Runs Out Of Rain - Gary Allan
I Drive Your Truck - Lee Brice
Mama's Broken Heart - Miranda Lambert
Mine Would Be You - Blake Shelton
Wagon Wheel - Darius Rucker featuring Lady Antebellum

Predicted winner = I Drive Your Truck - Lee Brice
After "Over You" winning last year, the ACMs may go along with the song with the most emotion which has to be "I Drive Your Truck". A gorgeous track that deserves as much recognition as possible. Unfortunately I would also love to see "Every Storm Runs Out Of Rain" win but Gary Allan seems to struggle to win awards (even though as a songwriter award it would go to song writing heavyweight Hillary Lindsey as well) so this has to go to "I Drive Your Truck"

Video Of The Year 
Better Dig Two - The Band Perry
Blowin' Smoke - Kacey Musgraves
Highway Don't Care - Tim McGraw featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
I Drive Your Truck - Lee Brice
Mama's Broken Heart - Miranda Lambert
Two Black Cadillacs - Carrie Underwood

Predicted winner = Highway Don't Care - Tim McGraw featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
I wasn't a huge fan of the video for this track but I know it struck a chord with a lot of people and has received a huge response (as well as winning the CMA last year)

Vocal Event Of The Year
Boys 'Round Here - Blake Shelton featuring Pistol Annies & Friends
Cruise (Remix) - Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly
Highway Don't Care - Tim McGraw featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
Wagon Wheel - Darius Rucker featuring Lady Antebellum
We Were Us - Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert

Predicted winner = Highway Don't Care - Tim McGraw featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
I am beginning to find the amount of "Highway Don't Care" nominations annoying. In my opinion there is no doubt that "We Were Us" should win. It's a great song with a punchy, party feel and Keith and Miranda's vocals work well together. "Highway Don't Care" is a good song but it doesn't stand out in my opinion and shouldn't keep winning. 



Country stars Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan return to host the awards that will be shown live from Las Vegas on the 6th April at 8pm Eastern time.

OVERALL WINNERS LIST
Entertainer Of The Year = George Strait
Male Vocalist Of The Year = Blake Shelton
Female Vocalist Of The Year = Kacey Musgraves
Vocal Duo Of The Year = Florida Georgia Line
Vocal Group Of The Year = Little Big Town
New Artist Of The Year = Brett Eldredge
Album Of The Year = Same Trailer Different Park - Kacey Musgraves
Single Record Of The Year = Cruise - Florida Georgia Line 
Song Of The Year = I Drive Your Truck - Lee Brice
Video Of The Year = Highway Don't Care - Tim McGraw featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
Vocal Event Of The Year = Highway Don't Care - Tim McGraw featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban

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