The 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards are tonight. Broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, this year’s awards might very well be the toughest ever to pick. Though leading nominees Taylor Swift or Kacey Musgraves might win each of their six nominations, but we think the CMA will be spreading the love to several artists this year. In all fairness, you can make a valid argument for any of the five acts nominated for the top prize. Alas, there has never been a tie for a CMA — and it’s probably not going to happen tonight. So, let’s put on the prognosticator cap on one more time…
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Outlook from The 615: Seriously, we’ve got to pick one? OK. I’m game. Some will say that George Strait was strictly a sentimental vote, due to his “Cowboy Rides Away” tour. Have you seen how quickly those shows have sold out? I think he’s got a strong chance to pick up his third trophy here. Aldean and Bryan have never won this prize before, but we think they might very well cancel each other out here. Keep in mind, it’s not a fan voted category like the ACM. We have seen four of the five acts this year, and nobody makes it look easier or more intimate on stage than Swift, but we have a feeling that it’s going to be a repeat for last year’s winner — who has not lost any of the spotlight for his celebrity — or his “Voice.”
Who Will Win: Blake Shelton. He has represented the format well. But, should Swift take home her third prize here, don’t be surprised. We wouldn’t be.