50th CMA Awards nominations


As we fast approach the date of this year's CMA Awards I sat down with friend of the site (and fab writer in her own right!) Tara from The Daily Country to have a think about who we thought would walk away with the awards. Read on for our thoughts on the nomination snubs, hit tracks and biggest artists of the year. We hope you'll find it interesting and will let us know your own thoughts! 

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ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Garth Brooks
Luke Bryan
Chris Stapleton
Carrie Underwood
Keith Urban
KASEY'S PICKS
WHO WILL WIN: I'm incredibly surprised to see Chris on this list and will be even more surprised if he wins. Luke is arguably the one to beat and whilst Carrie's inclusion is intriguing I can't see anything stopping Luke's run this year.
WHO SHOULD WIN: I'm feeling a little under-inspired by this category...a Keith win would be nice though!

TARA'S PICKS
WHO WILL WIN: I have seen all of these artists live except Brooks, and whether you like their music or not, they all do truly entertain. That said, voters typically love to give awards to established artists who have a “come-back” of any sort, so I am going to guess that Garth walks away with this one.
WHO SHOULD WIN: I must admit it’s really quite nice to see Keith and Carrie in this category. Both are engaging, energetic and entertaining live, but I, for one, would like to see Carrie walk away with this award.

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FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood
KASEY'S PICKS
WHO WILL WIN: I really question Kacey's inclusion on the list here, her name doesn't seem to have come up much this year and it leaves me wondering why her and not other female artists like Martina or Cam (both of whom certainly deserved to be on this list). Maren is arguably a strong contender here but I can't see her taking thisand it seems Kelsea is even more unlikely considering the other names on the list. As usual, this ultimately comes down to Miranda or Carrie and this year I can actually see Carrie taking this. Her entertainer nomination is intriguing to see and she has had a very successful tour and album.
WHO SHOULD WIN: Unfortunately, as with the entertainer category I feel a little uninspired by this category this time around. It'd actually be quite nice to see a surprising win from Kelsea but I'm not particularly drawn to any of these artists.

TARA'S PICKS
WHO WILL WIN: Like Kasey, Kacey’s nomination here seems out of place. Kelsea had a huge year, and Maren is the new “it” girl, but I don’t personally see either one being deserving of this award. It comes down to Miranda and Carrie. And the voters love Miranda.
WHO SHOULD WIN: Miranda is great, but I would love to see Carrie win. She is a strong vocalist who has long been overlooked by the CMAs, even though she has been co-hosting the show for what seems like forever.

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MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Dierks Bentley
Eric Church
Tim McGraw
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

KASEY'S PICKS
WHO WILL WIN: More than likely that this goes to Chris. It doesn't feel as though he's had quite as big a year this year but I can't (unfortunately) see any of the other artists here challenging him.
WHO SHOULD WIN: I'm disappointed that Kip Moore has slipped out of the new artist category and doesn't appear here and that there's no recognition for Josh Kelley after his brilliant album earlier this year but I'd love to see Eric take this. Mr Misunderstood is a brilliant album and Eric is a very talented artist who deserves much more recognition than he actually gets - equally it'd be nice to see Keith win.

TARA'S PICKS
WHO WILL WIN:Pretty obvious.
WHO SHOULD WIN:Eric and Dierks are two of my favourite mainstream country artists, but is either a fantastic vocalist? Chris is undeniably talented, but I feel like Tim should take this one home, he returned to form with a record setting song and made me remember why I liked him to begin with.

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VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Old Dominion
Rascal Flatts
Zac Brown Band
KASEY'S PICKS
WHO WILL WIN/WHO SHOULD WIN: This has to go to Little Big Town. Whilst they haven't had such a big year this year as they have in other instances, the only group that could come close to challenging them here would be Old Dominion in my opinion and I'm not convinced that they have enough behind them to win it this year. Whilst Little Big Town aren't headlining a tour at the moment and in terms of music they don't have any current full-length country releases, they are without a doubt still an incredibly talented group.

TARA'S PICKS
WHO WILL WIN: Little Big Town
WHO SHOULD WIN: This category is tiring. No one here released anything that proved they were award worthy, but I am going to agree with Kasey, in terms of true vocal talent, they are unmatched.

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VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Joey & Rory
Maddie & Tae
KASEY'S PICKS
WHO WILL WIN: I would actually argue that Brothers Osborne stand a strong chance here - which is nice to see! I still don't think they will stop Florida Georgia Line's winning streak though.
WHO SHOULD WIN: From my point of view I would have liked to have seen American Young here but It'd definitely be lovely to see Joey & Rory take this and would be a touching memorial to Joey from her peers.

TARA'S PICKS
WHO WILL WIN/WHO SHOULD WIN: Joey & Rory. They deserve it…I just wish they paid the husband and wife duo more attention and gave them their due when Joey was still with us rather than wait until she passed.

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NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Kelsea Ballerini
Brothers Osborne
Maren Morris
Old Dominion
Cole Swindell
KASEY'S PICKS
WHO WILL WIN: Arguably one the most interesting categories of this year's awards with three very strong contenders (Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris and Old Dominion), this surely goes to Maren on her 'breakthrough' year.
WHO SHOULD WIN: I'm not particularly a fan of Maren's so in my opinion it'd be quite nice to see Brothers Osborne or Old Dominion take this. Both have had impressive years with very strong albums.

TARA'S PICKS
WHO WILL WIN: All of the artists have had strong years, Kelsea in particular. Now, who has career longevity in terms of still being around ten years from now should they win….probably Brothers Osborne. But that’s not how people vote, so I’m gonna say they give it to Maren.
WHO SHOULD WIN: Meh. Not invested enough to have a strong opinion one way or the other.

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ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Black - Dierks Bentley
Hero - Maren Morris
Mr. Misunderstood - Eric Church
Ripcord - Keith Urban
Storyteller - Carrie Underwood
KASEY'S PICKS
WHO WILL WIN: Carrie has always been a fan favourite and has a huge fan-base, it feels as though Dierks and Keith get nominated for awards like this but rarely win so this seemingly goes to Maren. Hero has had (and still gets) an incredible response from fans and the music industry alike and has seemingly cemented Maren's appeal to both.
WHO SHOULD WIN: This definitely deserves to go to Mr. Misunderstood. Arguably Eric's strongest album, the whole album is full of really strong tracks and showcases Eric at his best. Whilst Eric has won album of the year before I'm not sure whether it will happen this year considering the rest of the nominees.

TARA'S PICKS
WHO WILL WIN/WHO SHOULD WIN: If they give it to anyone but Eric, you’ll be hearing me scream at my television no matter where you’re watching. Black was most definitely not Dierks best album (can he just give us an UOTR 2 already?), Maren’s was nothing heroic, and while Carrie’s and Keith’s were strong, nothing compares to EC’s surprise album which should have won last year if not for Traveller.

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SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Die A Happy Man - Thomas Rhett
Humble And Kind - Tim McGraw
My Church - Maren Morris
Nobody To Blame - Chris Stapleton
Record Year - Eric Church
KASEY'S PICKS
WHO WILL WIN:This is going to be close between Chris and Maren but I think Maren takes it. There was very positive response to both tracks when they were first released but it feels as though the buzz about My Church is still continuing and, in line with Maren's other nominations and her year as a whole, it seems to be logical that she takes this.
WHO SHOULD WIN: Eric or Tim would be nice! Both Humble And Kind and Record Year are great tracks and the artists deserve recognition for them.

TARA'S PICKS
WHO WILL WIN:Good grief this one is HARD. Say what you will about Thomas Rhett, but DAHM is a well-written song, as are Humble and Kind and Record Year. With the overall tone and message of Humble and Kind, I have to say Tim for the win.
WHO SHOULD WIN:I wouldn’t mind if any of the three I mentioned above won, but (even though I am a huge EC fan), I truly think Humble and Kind should win. It packs that emotional punch that I love in a song.

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SONG OF THE YEAR
Burning House - Camaron 'Cam' Ochs, Tyler Johnson, Jeff Bhasker
Die A Happy Man - Sean Douglas, Thomas Rhett, Joe Spargur
Humble And Kind - Lori McKenna
Record Year - Eric Church, Jeff Hyde
My Church - busbee, Maren Morris
KASEY'S PICKS
WHO WILL WIN:Interestingly the only solo song-writer on this list, Lori is also the one who wins this in my opinion.Humble And Kind is a great song with a really strong sentiment behind it.
WHO SHOULD WIN: I would really love to see Burning House win this. Gorgeous track that has been delivered really well, the song-writing combination clearly works and it deserves recognition (as does Cam!)

TARA'S PICKS
Explain to me why they swapped out “Nobody To Blame” for “Burning House”? Like, if you’re good enough for song, why not single? If the singer is delivering the lyrics well, then why not put it in here? If lyrics are great, then are you saying the singer isn’t? This stumps me.
WHO WILL WIN/WHO SHOULD WIN: Humble and Kind Lori McKenna

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MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
Different For Girls - Dierks Bentley featuring Elle King
Home Alone Tonight - Luke Bryan featuring Karen Fairchild
The Fighter - Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood
Think Of You - Chris Young (duet with Cassadee Pope)
You Are My Sunshine - Morgane Stapleton with Chris Stapleton
KASEY'S PICKS
WHO WILL WIN/WHO SHOULD WIN: Keith has won this award for the past two years and he is nominated again so is arguably the one to beat. I'm not sure entirely convinced that the award goes to Keith and Carrie though, it feels as though the main contenders are Chris/Cassadee and Morgane/Chris with it ultimately (deservedly) going to Morgane/Chris. Their cover of You Are My Sunshine is brilliant and turns the spotlight on a great vocal from Morgane as well, it'd be nice recognition for her as an artist.

TARA'S PICKS
WHO WILL WIN: Come on, I don’t have to write it.
WHO SHOULD WIN: People bash Different For Girls but relationships (and heck, life in general) ARE different for girls. Dierks pairing up with Elle (who I liked long before this duet) was brilliant. She’s ballsy and badass yet brings a vulnerability to her vocals that’s pure perfection.

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MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Burning House - Cam
Fire Away - Chris Stapleton
Humble And Kind - Tim McGraw
Record Year - Eric Church
Somewhere On A Beach - Dierks Bentley
KASEY'S PICKS
WHO WILL WIN/WHO SHOULD WIN: There is often a case with music videos where some really draw you in and then others just pass you by. The video for Humble And Kind deserves this award, it's a great complement to the track and touching in its relative simplicity.

TARA'S PICKS
WHO WILL WIN/WHO SHOULD WIN: Ditto what Kasey said, BUT funny always gets me, so even though I didn’t love the song, I wouldn’t be upset if Somewhere On A Beach won.

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MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
Jerry Douglas
Paul Franklin
Dann Huff
Brent Mason
Derek Wells
KASEY'S PICKS
WHO WILL WIN/WHO SHOULD WIN:The first thing that jumps out with this category is the absence of Mac McAnally. I don't follow this category particularly closely so it's hard to pick a winner however Jerry Douglas is a name that I kept coming back to whilst thinking about this, he is the last person to win since Mac's impressive run and seems to appear on a lot of impressive albums.

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KASEY'S WINNERS
Entertainer of the Year: Luke Bryan
Female Vocalist of the Year: Carrie Underwood
Male Vocalist of the Year:Chris Stapleton
Vocal Group of the Year: Little Big Town
Vocal Duo of the Year: Florida Georgia Line
New Artist of the Year: Maren Morris
Album of the Year:Hero - Maren Morris
Single of the Year:My Church - Maren Morris
Song of the Year:Humble And Kind - Lori McKenna
Musical Event of the Year:You Are My Sunshine - Morgane Stapleton with Chris Stapleton
Music Video of the Year:Humble And Kind - Tim McGraw
Musician of the Year: Jerry Douglas

TARA'S WINNERS
Entertainer of the Year: Carrie Underwood
Female Vocalist of the Year: Carrie Underwood
Male Vocalist of the Year: Tim McGraw
Vocal Group of the Year: Little Big Town
Vocal Duo of the Year: Joey & Rory
New Artist of the Year: Meh
Album of the Year: Mr. Misunderstood - Eric Church
Single of the Year: Humble and Kind - Tim McGraw
Song of the Year: Humble and Kind - Lori McKenna
Musical Event of the Year: Different For Girls - Dierks Bentley featuring Elle King
Music Video of the Year: Humble and Kind - Tim McGraw
Musician of the Year: N/A


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