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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.

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2013 CMA Awards: Women Lead the Way

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The nominees have been revealed for the 47th Annual CMA Awards and to my surprise two women lead the pack with six nominations each. Meanwhile a living legend sneaks into one of the night’s biggest categories while two CMA stalwarts were left off the list entirely. ATC is here to sort out the snubs and flubs and compare the categories to our predictions we made earlier this week. Continue reading

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Jason Aldean, “1994”

Jason_Aldean_1994_single_cover_UCNThere’s a popular phrase that can be heard often that goes something like this: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Well in Jason Aldean’s case, I think it’s time to fix it. The superstar’s newest single, “1994,” pays homage to 90’s star Joe Diffie. Unfortunately for Joe, it’s difficult to tell if the song’s purpose is to glorify his music or to mock some of the singer’s biggest hits. Either way, the single is a complete misfire from one of the genre’s biggest stars. Continue reading

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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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CMA Preview: Who Will Be the Nominees? (Part 2)

A couple weeks ago I gave my predictions as to who the nominees in the artists categories would be for this year’s CMA Awards. Since we now know that Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum will reveal the nominees live on Good Morning America on September 5th, I’m rounding out the predictions with some of the remaining categories. Continue reading to find out which albums and songs I think will land in the prestigious Album and Song of the Year categories.

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Eric Church, “Springsteen”

In the early stages of his career, Eric Church was an artist that gave the impression he was only interested in making music that appealed to the masses rather than music with a high level of quality. However, as that career progressed, his music became more real, edgy, and genuinely great. With the release of his third album, Chief, country music’s newest “outlaw” raised the bar in terms of artistic quality within the genre. The album’s first two singles became top 15 hits with the second, “Drink in my Hand,” becoming the singer’s first chart-topping hit all while being two of the best singles to hit country radio. Does the third single, “Springsteen,” live up to that same level of artistic quality while also possessing potential to become a radio hit?

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