My Thoughts on The 2014 CMA Award Nominations

Earlier this morning the nominations for the 2014 CMA Awards were announced on Good Morning America and in an official press conference. The 48th edition of the CMA Awards will air on November 5 at 8 pm ET live on ABC. Here are all of the nominees:

Entertainer of the Year
Luke Bryan
Miranda Lambert
Blake Shelton
George Strait
Keith Urban

Once again it’s going to come down to Luke Bryan and George Strait for the top award. If you recall earlier this spring, Bryan fans took to social media in droves to complain about Strait winning because he was retiring from major touring. I really don’t see the other three artists even having a shot to win. I want to say Strait is going to win again and I hope he does for the sake of traditional country music, but you just never know. I’m sure Bryan’s team is going to be making an all out effort to help him win.

Female Vocalist of the Year
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Kacey Musgraves
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Anyone who thought seeing Taylor Swift get nominated, despite going to pop music, is a surprise obviously doesn’t understand how these awards shows work. Country music is going to do everything it can to keep her, like the ex-lover clinging to your leg as you leave them out the front door. She could win the award as country music’s attempt to get her to show, but I think that would make the CMA look pretty foolish. Then again it wouldn’t shock me they would do something stupid. Lambert is the favorite to win the award, as she has the most nominations out of everyone with nine total nominations. Kacey Musgraves has a great chance too, as she’s already won two Grammys and the CMA Album of the Year in 2014. I’ll be fine with Lambert or Musgraves winning. If Swift wins I’ll be outraged.

Male Vocalist of the Year
Dierks Bentley
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban

This is Luke Bryan’s award to lose. He’s easily the front-runner. If I was making the choice I think Dierks Bentley is the most deserving out of the five. While “Drunk on a Plane” is an absolute dud, the rest of his album was great. I hope I get a chance to do a proper review on it because there are a lot of hidden gems on it. No Jason Aldean? Considering he has the #1 song out right now I figured he would at least be nominated.

Album of the Year
Crash My Party, Luke Bryan
Fuse, Keith Urban
Platinum, Miranda Lambert
Riser, Dierks Bentley
The Outsiders, Eric Church

This group is interesting and I think it’s a tossup on who wins Album of the Year. Obviously I think Bentley should win this award too, but him and Keith Urban are probably the least likely to win. I could see Church getting this one to appease his massive ego.

Vocal Group of the Year
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

No question I think Zac Brown Band is deserving of this award. The most likely winner though is Lady Antebellum. After picking up Taylor Swift’s ex-producer for their new upcoming album and their single “Bartender” staying in the top five on the Hot Country Billboard chart all summer, they’re the favorites. Little Big Town may have a shot, depending on how their new album is received.

New Artist of the Year
Brandy Clark
Brett Eldredge
Kip Moore
Thomas Rhett
Cole Swindell

The most pleasant surprise out of all of the nominees is Brandy Clark being nominated for New Artist of the Year. This is a big deal for traditional country music fans everywhere and Clark is certainly deserving of the nomination. She’s definitely the underdog for this award and the only female artist too. In a perfect world, she’s a shoe-in for this award. But we live in a world where bro country has dominated for years. Cole Swindell is the definite favorite. I know I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that Clark is able to pull off the upset.

Vocal Duo of the Year
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Love and Theft
The Swon Brothers
Thompson Square

None of these artists deserve to win. I would choose either First Aid Kit or Shovels & Rope. If Florida Georgia Line doesn’t win, I’ll eat my hat.

Single of the Year (Award goes to artist and producer)
“Automatic,” Miranda Lambert
“Drunk on a Plane,” Dierks Bentley
“Give Me Back My Hometown,” Eric Church
“Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill
“Mine Would Be You,” Blake Shelton

I think this one is a tossup too. I could see any of these winning. My choice would be “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s.” I’ll need some time to think about this one for my predictions.

Song of the Year (Award goes to songwriters)
“Automatic,” written by Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby and Miranda Lambert
“Follow Your Arrow,” written by Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally
“Give Me Back My Hometown,” written by Eric Church and Luke Laird
“I Don’t Dance,” written by Lee Brice, Rob Hatch, and Dallas Davidson
“I Hold On,” written by Brett James and Dierks Bentley

This is another tough one to predict. I would say “I Don’t Dance” is the favorite because I’m sure the CMA wants to make sure Dallas Davidson wins an award. I think “Follow Your Arrow” should win this award for its different theme, as well its traditional country elements. I would be fine with “I Hold On” winning too because it’s one of the best off Bentley’s album and it did pretty well on radio for a while.

Musical Event of the Year
“Bakersfield,” Vince Gill and Paul Franklin
“Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
“Something Bad,” Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood
“We Were Us,” Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert
“You Can’t Make Old Friends,” Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton

There’s two classic country nominations in this fight. I feel like “You Can’t Make Old Friends” doesn’t get enough credit for how well written and performed it is by Rogers and Dolly. It would be fantastic to see Vince Gill and Paul Franklin win. The one I don’t want to see win and is the most likely winner is “Something Bad.” It’s such a horrible song, but it sat in the top ten for so long and it reached #1 on Billboard so it’s the obvious favorite.

Music Video of the Year
“Automatic,” Miranda Lambert
“Bartender,” Lady Antebellum
“Drunk on a Plane,” Dierks Bentley
“Follow Your Arrow,” Kacey Musgraves
“Something Bad,” Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood

Four out of the five nominations have a female artist, which to me is the second biggest surprise of the nominees. I’m shocked “This is How We Roll” and “Dirt” didn’t get nominated. Nevertheless this one is tough to call too and another one I have to think about for my predictions.

Musician of the Year
Sam Bush
Jerry Douglas
Paul Franklin
Dann Huff
Mac McAnally

Another one I’m going to have to think about for when I make my predictions.

Be sure to voice your own thoughts on the nominations in the comments sections below.

5 thoughts on “My Thoughts on The 2014 CMA Award Nominations

    • Josh Schott September 4, 2014 / 10:59 am

      Thanks for commenting, Cobra. I can see where you’re coming from with “Something Bad.” I haven’t viewed the music video yet, but the song can make you chuckle.

      I’ll check out your thoughts too.


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