NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR - Old Dominion/Lauren Alaina/Luke Combs/Brett Young/Jon Pardi
I wouldn't really consider Old Dominion or Jon Pardi new artists, but this is a tough choice for me... Luke Combs has a monster album with "This Ones For You" and Old Dominion is a super group stocked with insanely good songwriters and now stars all their own... SO... I'm gonna predict Luke Combs
VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR - Maddie & Tae/LoCash/FGL/Dan & Shay/Brothers Osborne
Last year Brothers Osborne had one of my favorite moments... they didn't expect to win and owned the fact they were a little drunk as they didn't expect to make a speech. This year though I think the win will go back to Florida Georgia Line. They had a number of hits and great collaborations... May We All with Tim McGraw and God, Your Mama, & Me which bridged genres with one of the greatest boy bands of all times... BACKSTREET BOYS. SOOOO I'm saying Florida Georgia Line for this one.
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR - Lady Antebellum/Little Big Town/Old Dominion/Rascal Flatts/ZBB
Tough one... Little Big Town had a huge smash with "Better Man", but I feel like that is better suited to win song or single of the year. I'd really love to see Old Dominion win this one!
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR - Dierks Bentley/Eric Church/Thomas Rhett/Chris Stapleton/Keith Urban
Is Stapleton's reign over? I don't know... all these men had equally great years in my mind, so if we are going off vocal skills alone... I feel torn between Stapleton & Urban & would love to see Dierks finally win this!!! UGH... snap decision... Chris Stapleton
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR - Kelsea Ballerini/Miranda/Carrie/Reba/Maren Morris
Well it's been tight every year between Miranda & Carrie. This year Maren has really thrown her name into the mix, but I'm gonna give this year to Miranda because Weight Of These Wings is one of the best albums I've heard and it's a double album!
SONG OF THE YEAR (Goes To The Songwriter)/SINGLE OF THE YEAR (Goes To The Artist) - Better Man/Blue Ain't Your Color/Body Like A Back Road/Dirt On My Boots/Tin Man - *same songs for each of these awards
These songs are all up for both song and single of the year. For song of the year I'm torn between Better Man (Taylor Swift) & Miranda's (Tin Man)... both these songs were so great that they made me cry & are both in my mind amazing country songs... Better Man for song & for single I'm going to say "Body Like A Back Road" ... if we are talking single airplay/commercial success that one is a monster!
ALBUM OF THE YEAR - Miranda Lambert "Weight of these Wings" ...this has to win! I'm not even going to give reasoning but the other nominees are LBT "The Breakers" Stapleton "From A Room" Lady A "Heart Break" Jason Isabell "The Nashville Sound"
AND FOR ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR - ERIC CHURCH
I feel like it's a tad unfair when Garth Brooks is thrown into the same category because he is the Entertainer of the Century... but Church also sold out arena after arena this year and like Garth played for hours for his fans. They both give it their all and then some on stage, but I really want to see Church take this year!
Also up for entertainer (Stapleton, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban)
...we'll see how well I do tomorrow.