CMA Awards 2017 predictions

So it's that time of year again! The 2017 Country Music Association Awards are fast approaching and, as usual, Tara from www.thedailycountry.com and I have teamed up to post our thoughts on potential winners. Read on for all the details and let us know your thoughts! Enjoy the show on Wednesday 8th November and come back here straight after the show for a round-up of performances and winners.
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 KASEY

Who will win – Got to be Garth...his substantial tour has been incredibly popular and, whilst he is in-between albums, his popularity doesn’t seem to be in danger of fading any time soon.
Who should win – Eric please! Equally, it’d be great to see Keith pull this off but I’m not convinced that’s likely this year.

TARA

Who will win - Have to agree with Kasey
Who should win - It is truly time to give this to Eric Church. Unmatched by his contemporaries with regards to his live show.

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KASEY
Who will & should win – Interesting to see Blue Ain’t Your Color yet again making an appearance here. There’s the outside chance for an unexpected winner here but Better Man has been huge for Little Big Town and they deserve to take home the award here.

TARA

Who will win – I’m not saying it deserves to win here, but Hunt’s record shattering monster of a tune will probably be rewarded. Hell, it might not be the best lyrically, but that pop-country melody stayed in my head for days. Go ahead and judge.
Who should win – For me it’s a toss-up between “Better Man,” which quite frankly makes me cry every time I hear it, or Lambert, Ingram, and Randall’s stirring “Tin Man.”

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KASEY

Who will win – It feels like this comes down to Little Big Town, Chris or Miranda. Both Chris and Miranda won this award with their last albums and, ultimately, I feel like this is Miranda’s to lose.  The Weight Of These Wings was an incredibly well received album and seemed to connect well with a lot of listeners.
Who should win – Surely it’s time to see Little Big Town take an Album Of The Year award?!  There are some really great moments in the album and the quartet delivered a well-crafted, compelling album.

TARA

Who Will Win - Isbell. Just as they rewarded Stapleton, the CMA will jump on the cool train and bestow the award on Isbell, who has said to Men’s Journal that he doesn’t consider himself a country singer.
Who Should Win – Personally, I didn’t love any of these albums, but if I had to choose, I would pick Miranda’s.

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KASEY

Who will win – The combination of a great song and the fact it’s written by Taylor Swift means Better Man probably wins this.
Who should win – Don’t get me wrong, both Better Man and Little Big Town are great but this deserves to go to Tin Man. It’s an incredible emotive song that really pulls at the heartstrings and, whilst I’m not particular a fan of Miranda’s, she undoubtedly did an excellent job with this track.

TARA

Who will & should win - See Single of the Year responses since it’s the same songs.

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KASEY

Who will & should win – Whilst Miranda and Carrie are arguably the two strongest contenders for this award I’m actually thinking this goes to Maren. Miranda and Carrie have both had quite quiet years relatively and this has certainly been a good year for Maren. Kelsea stands an outside chance but I can’t see it happening this year.

TARA

Who will win – Thinking it’s time to pass the crown and the new owner will be Maren.
Who should win – This category, as the entire award’s show, truly needs some fresh blood. Do any of these ladies really need another award? Are Kelsea and Maren strong vocalists? (Truly though, I love Maren’s song with Niall Horan on his Flicker album) Aren’t there other women out there with tremendous voices? I think so: Margo, Dori, Whitney, Sarah, Amanda Anne Platt, Lori McKenna etc…

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KASEY

Who will win – Now this could be interesting. It goes to Thomas in my opinion but there’s definitely a lot of room here for any artist on this list to win.
Who should win – As much as I’d love to see Keith win this, it deserves to be Eric’s in my opinion. He is undoubtedly a great vocalist and his latest album is really strong.

TARA

Who will win - Chris Stapleton
Who should win – As much as I LOVE Eric and Dierks, Stapleton has the vocal chops.

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KASEY

Who will & should win – Whilst Old Dominion had a strong year there’s no group here that really stand up to Little Big Town. Rascal Flatts and Zac Brown Band are between albums so substantially less visible than the other three and it feels as though Lady Antebellum have fallen short of competing for this award this year. There is an outside chance of an upset with an Old Dominion win though but I’m not 100% sure they’ve had a big enough year.

TARA

Who will win – Tough to call. Little Big Town should lead the way, but Lady Antebellum is “back” and Old Dominion have the momentum.

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KASEY

Who will & should win – I can actually comfortably see Brothers Osborne winning here. On paper Maddie & Tae and Florida Georgia Line are the strongest contenders but they’ve both had incredibly quiet years. None of the artists here has really had a breakout year but Brothers Osborne remain very popular and successful.

TARA

Who will & should win - Sorry to report that I am, again, not too invested in any of these acts. Really, Dan + Shay? And what have Maddie & Tae done this year? If I had to choose, my vote, and that of the CMA, will probably go to the Brothers.

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KASEY

Who will win  - Got to be Tim & Faith surely? Kenny seems to appear here regularly but Setting The World On Fire hasn’t seemed to be that popular relatively. Speak To A Girl sees a great collaboration between two heavyweights of country music
Who should win – As strong as Speak To A Girl is, it’d be really lovely to see Glen and Willie win this one.

TARA

Who will win and who should win – This one seems a no brainer, no? Funny How Time Slips Away from Glen Campbell with Willie Nelson


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KASEY

Who will & should win – Hard to predict after Mac’s record was broken last year but I’m going to go with this returning to him.

TARA

Who will & should win - Agree with Kasey on this one.
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KASEY

Who will & should win – I actually found none of these videos are really compelling (but then I struggle to connect with a lot of music videos) and some of these are just plain odd. Whilst Blue Ain’t Your Color is quite a good video, Better Man is the best out of the bunch here.

TARA

Who will win and who should win – I am not much of a video watcher, so I had to go back and check these out again before chiming in. While “It Ain’t My Fault” is funny, I am not a fan of politics in my music. “Craving You” held my attention, Better Man” could have been better, and “Blue Ain’t Your Color” was pretty okay. There was, however, something about Miranda’s “Vice” though that had an atmosphere, an edge, and should give it the win.
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KASEY

Who will & should win – This is going to be a close one between Lauren and Old Dominion but I’d really like to see Lauren win and I think she can pull it off. She’s undoubtedly had a great year and continues to go from strength to strength.

TARA

Who will & should win - What bothers me about this category is, really, are any of these guys and gal truly “new?” If I had to choose, I would say it boils down to Jon Pardi and Luke Combs. May the best man win.

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KASEY’S PICKS

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR – Garth Brooks
SINGLE OF THE YEAR – Better Man, Little Big Town
ALBUM OF THE YEAR – The Weight Of These Wings, Miranda Lambert
SONG OF THE YEAR – Better Man, Taylor Swift
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR – Maren Morris
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR – Thomas Rhett
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR – Little Big Town
VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR – Brothers Osborne
MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR – Speak to A Girl, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR – Mac McAnally
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR – Better Man, Little Big Town
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR – Lauren Alaina

TARA’S PICKS

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR – Garth Brooks
SINGLE OF THE YEAR –  Body Like A Back Road, Sam Hunt
ALBUM OF THE YEAR –  The Nashville Sound, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit
SONG OF THE YEAR –  Body Like A Body Road, Sam Hunt, Josh Osborne, Shane McAnally, Zach Crowell
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR –  Maren Morris
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR – Chris Stapleton
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR – Little Big Town
VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR – Brothers Osborne
MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR –  Funny How Time Slips Away by Glen Campbell with Willie Nelson
MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR –  Mac McAnally
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR – Vice, Miranda Lambert
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR – Jon Pardi or Luke Combs


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