2013 CMA Awards: Official Predictions

Photo-SHOWSHEET_CMA_Hosts_2013-color1My favorite day of the year has finally arrived! Tonight all eyes will be on Nashville as the 47th Annual CMA Awards will be held live from Bridgestone Arena. Hosted for the sixth time by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, the night promises to be filled with plenty of glitz and glamour as country music’s biggest superstars take the stage. Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Kacey Musgraves, Carrie Underwood, and many, many, more are performing during the telecast as well as a special tribute to George Jones by George Strait and Alan Jackson. Of course the night will also honor the “best” of country music this past year. Coming into the night Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves are tied for the most nominations with six apiece. Here are my official predictions for who will walk away big winners tonight.

Entertainer of the Year

  • Jason Aldean
  • Luke Bryan
  • Blake Shelton
  • George Strait
  • Taylor Swift

Should Win: Luke Bryan; has anyone been hotter than the Georgia native this year?!

Will Win: Luke Bryan; none of the other nominees have had as big of impact on country music than Luke this year

Female Vocalist of the Year

  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Taylor Swift
  • Carrie Underwood

Should Win: Carrie Underwood; she’s regained her crown as a dominant female artist with Blown Away

Will Win: Miranda Lambert; CMA voters have a love affair with the fiery Texan that will bring her a fourth Female Vocalist win

Male Vocalist of the Year

  • Jason Aldean
  • Luke Bryan
  • Eric Church
  • Blake Shelton
  • Keith Urban

Should Win: Luke Bryan; once again…this past year was dominated by Luke

Will Win: Luke Bryan; he’ll prevent a fourth win in a row for Blake Shelton

Vocal Group of the Year

  • Eli Young Band
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Little Big Town
  • The Band Perry
  • Zac Brown Band

Should Win: Little Big Town; they’ve been on fire since the release of Tornado and had a great year this past year

Will Win: Little Big Town; though Lady A will put up a great fight, it’ll be LBT who will hear their name called for a second time

Vocal Duo of the Year

  • Big & Rich
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Love and Theft
  • Sugarland
  • The Civil Wars
  • Thompson Square

Should Win: The Civil Wars; after releasing a stellar sophomore album this is the only group that has showed pure artistry

Will Win: Florida Georgia Line; it’s hard to compete with multiple number ones and a multi-platinum selling single

New Artist of the Year

  • Lee Brice
  • Brett Eldredge
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Kip Moore
  • Kacey Musgraves

Should Win: Kacey Musgraves; the most brilliant new artist to hit radio waves I am praying Musgraves will pull off the upset

Will Win: Florida Georgia Line; no other new artist has been on a hot streak like these guys

Album of the Year

  • Based on a True Story – Blake Shelton
  • Blown Away – Carrie Underwood
  • Red – Taylor Swift
  • Same Trailer, Different Park – Kacey Musgraves
  • Tornado – Little Big Town

Should Win: Same Trailer, Different Park – Kacey Musgraves; a brilliant masterpiece filled with some of the most elaborate and majestic songwriting I’ve heard in years…this debut should most definitely take the crown

Will Win: Same Trailer, Different Park – Kacey Musgraves; I’m going with my gut and picking the Musgraves debut to prevail

Single of the Year

  • “Cruise” – Florida Georgia Line
  • “Highway Don’t Care” – Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
  • “Mama’s Broken Heart” – Miranda Lambert
  • “Merry Go ‘Round” – Kacey Musgraves
  • “Wagon Wheel” – Darius Rucker

Should Win: “Merry Go ‘Round” – Kacey Musgraves; another Musgraves nomination where she should pick up the win. This was the best song of 2012 and deserves to pick up the win here

Will Win: “Cruise” – Florida Georgia Line; this was the song of the summer and year in terms of sales and success

Song of the Year

  • “I Drive Your Truck” – Lee Brice (written by Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, and Jimmy Yeary)
  • “Mama’s Broken Heart” – Miranda Lambert (written by Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, and Kacey Musgraves)
  • “Merry Go ‘Round” – Kacey Musgraves (written by Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves, and Josh Osborne)
  • “Pontoon” – Little Big Town (written by Barry Dean, Natalie Hemby, and Luke Laird)
  • “Wagon Wheel” – Darius Rucker (written by Bob Dylan and Ketch Secor)

Should Win: “Merry Go ‘Round” – Kacey Musgraves; the best written song of the five nominees

Will Win: “Merry Go ‘Round” – Kacey Musgraves; the CMA has a great track record of picking the best written song in this category so I think they’ll get it right this year

Musical Event of the Year

  • “Boys ‘Round Here” – Blake Shelton featuring Pistol Annies
  • “Cruise” – Florida Georgia Line with Nelly
  • “Don’t Rush” – Kelly Clarkson featuring Vince Gill
  • “Highway Don’t Care” – Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
  • “The Only Way I Know” – Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan and Eric Church

Should Win: “Don’t Rush” – Kelly Clarkson featuring Vince Gill; this stellar song showed off some of the best vocals from Kelly Clarkson that were enhanced with the fabulous harmonies from Gill

Will Win: “Highway Don’t Care” – Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban; this was a mega-successful hit for the three artists involved this yeard

Music Video of the Year

  • “Blown Away” – Carrie Underwood
  • “Boys ‘Round Here” – Blake Shelton featuring Pistol Annies
  • “Downtown” – Lady Antebellum
  • “Highway Don’t Care” – Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
  • “Mama’s Broken Heart” – Miranda Lambert
  • “Tornado” – Little Big Town

Should Win: “Blown Away” – Carrie Underwood; Carrie has become a bit of a video visionary lately and she should be rewarded for a win for this fantastic video

Will Win: “Blown Away” – Carrie Underwood; just like my pick for Album of the Year, I’m going with my gut and saying Carrie will win her first CMA award since 2008

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Awards Shows

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s