For Your Consideration: CMA Entertainer of the Year

It’s official, awards season is right around the corner. On September 1, all of country’s biggest stars will be tuning in to the announcement of the CMA awards nominations. To sort out who we think deserves a nomination in the major categories, All Things Country is kicking off our For Your Consideration series with the most prestigious award of the night, Entertainer of the Year. Find out who we think deserves a nomination in the first installment of the series.

Last year teen queen Taylor Swift claimed the coveted fifth spot when the nominations were announced. She was joined by the usual four man lineup of Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, George Strait, and Keith Urban. When CMA night came, Swift was the big winner by not only claiming the Entertainer of the Year trophy but three others as well including Female Vocalist of the Year. At only 19, Swift became the youngest winner of the Entertainer of the Year award.

This year I think we could see a major shake up in the Entertainer lineup. With the genre’s biggest stars having quiet years, its allowed other artists to have breakthrough years that could lead to them earning a nomination for this coveted award. Here are a few artists I think deserve to be nominated this year. Sidenote: the CMA eligibility period is July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010 which will be used for all data and numbers in this series.

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood has been the face of country music for the past few years. After a quiet 2009, Underwood came back this year with a new album which has been certified platinum and three number one singles.  Her Play On Tour has been one of the most attended country concert tours so far this year and she’s had appearances on tv shows such as How I Met Your Mother and American Idol. After claiming her second Entertainer of the Year trophy at April’s ACM awards, a CMA nomination in the same category is long overdue. Look for her to be the frontrunner to win this award if she secures a nomination.
Lady Antebellum
Lady Antebellum has had one hell of a breakthrough year this year. Their smash hit single, “Need You Now,” spent five weeks atop the country singles chart and also crossed over to the adult contemporary chart where it had a longer stay at number one. Their sophomore album, Need You Now, has been certified double platinum since its release in January and has spent 27 weeks atop the country albums chart. They’ve toured with Tim McGraw and just announced their first headlining tour this fall which has already sold out in most cities. If the CMA was to throw in a darkhorse this year, look for it to be Lady Antebellum.

Brad Paisley
Brad Paisley has been country’s leading man since Keith Urban seemingly hit a wall with his past couple albums. This year, Paisley reached the top two on the singles chart with three songs which included his 15th number one single. He’s played for over a million fans throughout his 2009 and 2010 American Saturday Night Tour and he’s embarked on his H20 World Tour this year. With his fourth win as Male Vocalist of the Year at this year’s ACM awards, it’s easy to consider Paisley a lock for another Entertainer of the Year nomination.

Keith Urban

Keith Urban has been a staple in this category for the better part of this decade. This year, he’s had three top five singles and saw his album, Defying Gravity, get certified gold. Keith is also currently on two tours including his Summer Lovin’ 2010 tour as well as opening on the Eagles 2010 tour along with the Dixie Chicks. 

Taylor Swift

It’s a rarity for winners of the Entertainer of the Year award to not be nominated the next year. That means Swift is a virtual lock for a nomination; however, it won’t be undeserved. Though she’s had a quiet year this year, she’s still had one of the best selling albums and one of the most successful tours in her Fearless tour. 

Bubbling Under

Here are a few artists who I think are on the outside looking in, but could snag a nomination.
Miranda Lambert
She’s had her best year to date with two number singles and three ACM award wins including her first Top Female Vocalist trophy. 

Kenny Chesney
He’s one of the four incumbents in this category but a year without a big tour, album, or number one single could hurt his chances at getting a nomination.
George Strait
He’s been nominated in each of the past three years but without claiming a number one second this year he’s left on the outside. However, having a sold out tour with Reba McEntire could sway voters.  


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4 responses to “For Your Consideration: CMA Entertainer of the Year

  1. I like your picks, they are a good representation of country music in the past year. Even though she is a long shot, I think Reba McEntire is still a great contender for this award, at least for a nomination. Considering her success with her last album in sales and radio… I wouldn't count her out. At least, McEntire should be a lock for nomination in the Female Vocalist category, and even though I am a huge McEntire and Underwood fan, I am pulling for Lambert to get her due in FVOTY and to possibly win quite a few awards.

  2. @Zack It would be really interesting to see Reba get a nomination in the Entertainer race, though I personally don't see it happening. But I think a Female Vocalist nomination is a virtual lock for her. I'll be doing a segment on that category later but you'll see that I'm in agreement with you about Miranda Lambert. I feel this is her year and I don't think anyone else has had a big enough year to win the Female Vocalist tropy besides Miranda. I think she could walk away with Female Vocalist, Video (for "White Liar"), Album, Song (for "The House That Built Me"), and maybe Single (only if Lady A's "Need You Now" isn't nominated for some reason). But I expect her to have a big night that night.

  3. If you would like to attend a Carrie Underwood concert tour show live in person, please follow the links provided for concert ticket pricing, tour dates and music venues.

  4. What a wonderful concert. My husband and I had got tickets from at discounted prices and a big "Thank You" to Ticketsinventory for Reba Mcentire Tickets .We drove from the Lewiston-Clarkston area to attend Reba concert. It was our first, and won't be the last. Being a Music teacher, I've followed Reba's career since the first interview I saw years ago. Believe me, there is nothing like Reba and George Strait show.

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