CMA Awards Predictions: Who Will Win in Each Category

Before the 52nd CMA Awards kick off at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. CT on ABC, we asked 10 people around the Nash Country Daily office to predict which artists will be taking home trophies.

There was no back-and-forth debate, no who “should” win, and no waffling. Each panelist was simply asked: Who WILL win in each category?


Ty Bentli, co-host Ty, Kelly & Chuck
Glenn Johnson, executive producer Ty, Kelly & Chuck
Bryan Webb, digital coordinator Ty, Kelly & Chuck
Elaina Smith, co-host Nash Nights Live
Shawn Parr, co-host Nash Nights Live
Blair Garner, host Blair Garner Show
Eric Garner, producer Blair Garner Show
Nikita Palmer, producer Nash Network
Lonnie Napier, producer American Country Countdown
Jim Casey, editor in chief Nash Country Daily

Here’s who we think WILL win each award . . . but seriously, what do we know?

Each ♦ represents one vote.

Entertainer of the Year
Jason Aldean ♦
Luke Bryan ♦♦♦♦
Kenny Chesney♦
Chris Stapleton ♦
Keith Urban ♦♦♦
AFF-USA.comFemale Vocalist of the Year
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
Kacey Musgraves ♦
Carrie Underwood ♦
AFF-USA.comMale Vocalist of the Year
Dierks Bentley ♦
Luke Combs ♦♦♦
Thomas Rhett ♦
Chris Stapleton ♦♦♦♦♦
Keith Urban
AFF-USA.comVocal Duo of the Year
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
Florida Georgia Line ♦♦♦
Maddie & Tae
AFF-USA.comNew Artist of the Year
Lauren Alaina
Luke Combs ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
Chris Janson
Brett Young ♦
AFF-USA.comVocal Group of the Year
Lady Antebellum ♦
Little Big Town ♦
Old Dominion ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
AFF-USA.comAlbum of the Year
From A Room: Volume 2 – Chris Stapleton; Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton ♦♦
Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves; Producers: Ian Fitchuk, Daniel Tashian, Kacey Musgraves ♦♦
Graffiti U – Keith Urban; Producers: Keith Urban, Dan McCarroll, J.R. Rotem, Josh Kerr, Jason Evigan, Greg Wells, Benny Blanco, Ed Sheeran, Johnny McDaid, Jesse Shatkin, Jimmy Robbins, Oscar Holter, Matt Rad, Eric Valentine, Ian Kirkpatrick, Mike Elizondo, Captain Cuts, Ross Copperman, Dann Huff, Peter Karlsson
Life Changes – Thomas Rhett; Producers: Julian Bunetta, Jesse Frasure, Dann Huff, Joe London, Thomas Rhett ♦♦♦♦♦
The Mountain – Dierks Bentley; Producers: Ross Copperman, Jon Randall Stewart, Arturo Buenahora Jr. ♦
AFF-USA.comSingle of the Year (Awarded to Singer, Producer and Engineer)
“Broken Halos” – Chris Stapleton; Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton; Mix Engineer: Vance Powell
“Drinkin’ Problem” – Midland; Producers: Dann Huff, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne; Mix Engineer: Justin Niebank
“Drowns the Whiskey” – Jason Aldean (Feat. Miranda Lambert); Producer: Michael Knox; Mix Engineer: Jeff Braun
“Meant to Be” – Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line; Producer: Willshire; Mix Engineer: Serban Ghenea ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
“Tequila” – Dan + Shay; Producers: Scott Hendricks, Dan Smyers; Mix Engineer: Jeff Juliano ♦♦♦
AFF-USA.comSong of the Year (Awarded to Songwriters)
“Body Like A Back Road” – Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne ♦
“Broken Halos” – Songwriters: Mike Henderson, Chris Stapleton ♦♦
“Drowns the Whiskey” – Songwriter: Brandon Kinney, Jeff Middleton, Josh Thompson
“Drunk Girl” – Songwriter: Scooter Carusoe, Tom Douglas, Chris Janson ♦♦♦♦
“Tequila” – Songwriter: Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers ♦♦♦
AFF-USA.comMusical Event of the Year
“Burning Man” – Dierks Bentley feat. Brothers Osborne
“Dear Hate” – Maren Morris (Feat. Vince Gill)
“Drowns the Whiskey” – Jason Aldean (Feat. Miranda Lambert) ♦♦♦
“Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” – David Lee Murphy (with Kenny Chesney)
“Meant to Be” – Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
AFF-USA.comMusic Video of the Year (Awarded to Artist & Director)
“Babe” – Sugarland (Featuring Taylor Swift); Director: Anthony Mandler ♦♦
“Cry Pretty” – Carrie Underwood; Director: Randee St. Nicholas ♦♦
“Drunk Girl” – Chris Janson; Director: Jeff Venable ♦
“Marry Me” – Thomas Rhett; Director: TK McKamy ♦♦♦
“Tequila” – Dan + Shay; Director: Patrick Tracy ♦♦

photos by Tammie Arroyo,

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