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2012 CMA Awards Nominations: Out with the Old, In with the New

For the better part of the past 12 years the list of CMA Awards nominees has changed very little from year to year. You have the usual suspects like Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, and Martina McBride who seem to land nominations every year in their respective vocalist fields. It’s very rare for any of them to be left out of a category in favor of younger, “hipper” artists who are starting to fill their shoes. The 2012 list of CMA nominees shockingly finds three of those four left out in favor of new superstars who are ready to be the new faces of awards season.

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George Strait, “Drinkin’ Man”

When it comes to artists in country music, it doesn’t get any bigger or better than The King, Mr. George Strait. Somehow the legend keeps churning out hit after hit, album after album which serve as proof that he can still hang with today’s younger superstars. He recently charted two top fives from his hit album, Here For a Good Time. Can the album’s third single become its first chart-topper? Even if “Drinkin’ Man” doesn’t hit number one or even cracks the top 10, it will still be one of the most phenomenally brilliant songs I’ve ever heard in country music.

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Chris Young, “Neon”

Chris Young is probably one of the hottest male vocalists in country music right now. He’s got a string of number one singles, five to be exact, along with a couple ACM and CMA nominations under his belt. His recent album, Neon, was one of 2011’s most critically acclaimed albums (it landed on ATC’s Best Albums of the Year list) and has spawned two of those five straight number one singles. Will the album’s title track make it the singer’s sixth consecutive chart-topper?

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