For Your Consideration: ACM Album of the Year

ATC is continuing our For Your Consideration series with the ACM Album of the Year category. 2010 was a big year for albums and it’ll be interesting to see which five albums will land nominations in this elusive category. We won’t know until the nominations are announced February 1st, but here are the ones we feel deserve to be nominated.

Last year, Miranda Lambert claimed her second Album of the Year trophy as her fantastic album, Revolution, beat out albums from Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band, Carrie Underwood, and Brad Paisley. 2010 saw big time releases from superstars like Lady A, Taylor Swift, and Keith Urban, so the nominations for this category could be filled with superstars. Here are the five albums we think should land a nomination.

Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
This is a no-brainer nomination, if you ask me. Not only did the album yield three number one singles including the cross-over smash, “Need You Now,” but it was also 2010’s biggest selling country album with sales of over three million copies. The album is also up for Album of the Year at next month’s Grammy awards as well as the Country Album of the Year award. The album is a fantastic mix of country and pop and shows off the group’s vocals brilliantly. This is the current frontrunner to take home this award come awards night in April.

Up on the Ridge – Dierks Bentley
With nominations from the CMA and Grammy awards, this album is yet another no-brainer to lock a nomination at the ACM’s. This is Dierks’ best album to date and includes fantastic songs like the title track, as well as Bentley’s collaboration with Miranda Lambert and Jamey Johnson, “Bad Angel,” and the album’s second single, “Draw Me a Map.” Dierks took a risk when recording this album and I feel that it paid off…big time.

Easton Corbin – Easton Corbin
Usually, the Academy loves to throw in a dark horse nominee in the field and this year they could throw in Easton Corbin’s fantastic debut album. After scoring back-to-back number one singles with “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It,” this talented newcomer has shown he has what it takes to become country’s next superstar. The album includes fantastic country songs like “Leavin’ a Lonely Town” and “Someday When I’m Old.” After landing on numerous “Best of 2010” lists, I think this album has a great chance at scoring a nomination.

Speak Now – Taylor Swift
Lately the ACM’s have included albums that have performed well commerically to vie for the Album of the Year prize and since it sold over a million copies in its first week, Taylor Swift could garner her third nomination in this category. In addition to the lead single, “Mine,” the album includes the fantastic “Back to December” as well as album cuts “Sparks Fly” and “Dear John.” If she lands a nomination, she could be Lady A’s biggest competition to win the coveted award.

The Guitar Song – Jamey Johnson
The ACM’s have always showered love on Jamey Johnson, even changing the eligibility requirements so his first album That Lonesome Song could garner a nomination. This year we could see Johnson score his second nomination in this category with his 2-disc, 25-song album. The album includes singles “Heartache,” and “Playing the Part.” What hurts Johnson’s chances is the fact that radio hasn’t exactly warmed up to his music lately, but it’s completely up to Academy voters to help him secure a nomination.

Bubbling Under
The Reason Why – Little Big Town
Hemingway’s Whiskey – Kenny Chesney
You Get What You Give – Zac Brown Band

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