On Wednesday, November 8th, the Country Music Awards will be celebrating the 51st Anniversary of the CMA’s. After last year’s historic reunion of some of country music all-time superstars coming together for the special rendition of the #1 hit song, “Forever Country”, we can only anticipate the excitement coming this year. The promo promises an unforgettable opening event and coming off the horrific tragedy in Las Vegas just a month ago at a country music festival, I’m expecting a powerful tribute which should offer some relief and a time of healing. Here’s a preview of four of the top awards of the night and a prediction of who may be taking home the trophy Wednesday night.
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban
Last year, Carrie Underwood presented the award to Garth Brooks. Chris Stapleton has brought so many new fans to country music with his authentic and personal songs but this one will probably come down to Luke and Eric. ABC is running a special on Luke Bryan Monday night called “Living Every Day” and an upcoming judge on the reboot of American Idol. I picking Luke for the win.
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Lauren Alaina, Luke Combs, Old Dominion, Jon Pardi, Brett Young
Old Dominion will joining Kenny Chesney on tour in 2018 and had a breakout year. But Mike’s Daily Jukebox made this pick three months ago for Brett Young and we’re sticking with our choice.
SONG OF THE YEAR
“Better Man” – Little Big Town, “Blue Ain’t Your Color” – Keith Urban, “Body Like A Back Road” – Sam Hunt, “Dirt On My Boots” – Jon Pardi, “Tin Man” – Miranda Lambert
Intriguing category with the three most nominated artists, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, and Keith Urban all nominated here. I think Sam Hunt has a great shot of winning “Record Of The Year” but I’m leaning towards the emotional “Better Man” by Little Big Town edging out Miranda and Keith’s amazing songs.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
“The Breaker” – Little Big Town, “From A Room: Volume 1” – Christ Stapleton, “Heart Break” – Lady Antebellum, “The Nashville Sound” by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, “The Weight Of These Wings” by Miranda Lambert
Jason Isbell is the surprise nominee and he announced he won’t be attending the awards, I’m sure he’s thrilled to be nominated but this one is a two dog race. LOVE Stapleton’s album and he deserves the award but I’ve got a hunch Miranda Lambert should be the heavy favorite for Female Vocalist Of The Year (Maren Morris is a sleeper here!) and a surprise winner for Album of the Year.