The CMA’s are coming up on November 5th! For the non-country-music fans out there, it’s short for the Country Music Association Awards, which is one of several award ceremonies each year that present country musicians with prizes for their successes. The award categories are: Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Female Vocalist, New Artist, Vocal Group, Vocal Duo, Album, Single, Song, Musical Event, and Music Video. I have broken down the biggest category, Entertainer, to give some predictions of who might win.
Entertainer of the Year
Okay, this is the main award, the most coveted prize for the best overall artist, based on his/her achievements in the past year. The nominees are: Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, and George Strait, of which I think there are three major contenders (Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, and Luke Bryan). Here’s some relevant information on each one, and my general thoughts on who might win.
1.) Miranda Lambert: Miranda has won Best Female Vocalist four years in a row (2010-2013), a huge accomplishment. It’s about time for her to claim the top award. This year Lambert had a huge album, Platinum, which was released in June. The album debuted at No. 1, which gave her the astounding title of being the first artist in history to start his/her career with five No. 1 albums. The album has sixteen tracks, eight of which she helped write, and critics loved it. Platinum got reviews of 86/100, 4/5 stars, 3/4 , and A. Off of that album, she has had two big singles: “Somethin’ Bad,” a duet with Carrie Underwood which became a No. 1 hit (on Billboard’s Country Hot 100), and “Automatic,” which peaked at No. 4 (No. 3 on the Airplay chart). Miranda toured from July - September and will perform again from January - March. I think Lambert is deserving of the prize and might win because she has both hit singles and a fresh, Platinum (hehe) record this year. She is also nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year, which she deserves as well.
2.) Blake Shelton: Blake won this award in 2012 and has won Best Male Vocalist for the past four years, just like his wife Miranda Lambert. He may be the biggest name in country music today, and he deserves to be. Blake holds the record for the most consecutive No. 1 singles (eleven in total), a feat achieved in the past year with his song “Doin’ What She Likes” hitting No. 1 on the Country Airplay chart (No. 3 on the Hot 100). The single “My Eyes” also reached No. 1 (No. 4 on Airplay). His current single, “Neon Light,” has been climbing the charts, and is currently at No. 4 on the Hot 100 (No. 7 on Airplay). His new album, Bringing Back the Sunshine, debuted at No. 1 on both the all-genre Top 200 and the Top Country Albums charts. He just finished a tour that began last year. With him being a country-hit machine and having an all-genre No. 1 album, I think Blake is very deserving of the prize and will probably win. He is also nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year, which he will likely win, though Luke Bryan is a strong challenger.
3.) Luke Bryan: Unlike the first two nominees, Luke has never won Best Entertainer or Vocalist, so his would be a fresh name on the top, at least for the CMA’s. He won Top Country Artist and Top Country Album this year at the Billboard Music Awards and has been nominated for and won several other awards from various sources. In the past year, he has had a few hit singles, including “Drink a Beer,” a hugely popular, yet sorrowful song about remembering a lost loved one, which hit No. 1 on both the Airplay and Hot 100. Others include “Play It Again,” which also reached No. 1 on both charts and “Rollercoaster,” his current single, which is currently No. 1 on the Airplay chart and peaked at No. 5 on Hot 100. Bryan’s most recent album, Crash My Party, came out last year, so he does not have a fresh album, which I think will probably take him out of the running for Entertainer. He was on a big tour the majority of this year though, and given his hit songs and other awards and accomplishments, I think he has a good shot of winning Male Vocalist of the Year, that is if Blake wins Entertainer and they decide to spread the love and give the Vocalist prize to someone else. Read more...