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ACM Nominees: Thoughts and Predictions (Part 1)

March 4, 2008

Well with the ACM nominees announced, I suppose its time to make some calls and state some thoughts towards who has been nominated and what for. The way these things work for me is I’ll post the categories and after each one I will post My choice and who will likely win in addition to the “why” for both of them. And the nominees are…

 Top Male Vocalist
Rodney Atkins
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
George Strait
Keith Urban

My pick: Rodney Atkins – I’m a huge fan of the underdog. Rodney is seemingly the fill in for this catagory, but he’s scored four straight #1’s, had a #1 album, all his videos have gone #1 on CMT, and two of his songs ruled the end of the year rankings for the past two years. Although Rodney is up against some heavy hitters, I think he’s by far the most deserving of this honor.

Likely Winner: Kenny Chesney – Having not won the ward sense 2002 I think this will be a good year for Kenny. He’s already nabbed two #1 songs from his latest album which also went #1 on the country charts in its opening week. In fact “Never Wanted Nothin’ More” was his fastest #1 to date. Kenny has just had a runaway year with the business and I believe the fan favorite will be the most likely to take it this year.

Top Female Vocalist
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
LeAnn Rimes
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

My pick: Taylor Swift – This youngster may not have a lot of years on her, but she has made it up with experience. Taylor has dominated every portion of her career so far and it has yet to go to her head. Her connection with the younger crowd has helped bring in a whole new generation into the genre. Not to mention she hit #1 for 6 weeks and her album dominated the charts for almost a solid two months even though it didn’t debut there.

Likely Winner: Carrie Underwood – Hasn’t missed any #1 spot there is to miss yet in country music. Taylor is probably the only one who can compete with Carrie, but that doesn’t mean anything. Carrie is the Brooks & Dunn of these awards today. It would be stupid to count her out in any way for this one.

Top Vocal Group
Diamond Rio
The Eagles
Emerson Drive
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts

My pick: The Eagles – Their two disk album is a masterpiece and dominated the industry by hitting platinum is days. They may not have originated in country music, but they have made a huge splash in their return. They are the only group that can contend with Rascal Flatts and I’m really routing for some competition in this one for a change.

Likely Winner: The Eagles – Traditional legends usually get the sympathy that they deserve these days. Even if Rascal Flatts take the awards, anyone who knows them knows they are highly influenced by The Eagles so I predict another give away award like they did for Alabama if the Eagles don’t just take it from the start like they should.

Top Vocal Duo
Big & Rich
Brooks & Dunn
Halfway To Hazard
Montgomery Gentry
Sugarland

My pick: Sugarland – I think Sugarland have done enough to give B&D more than their fair share of competition in these categories. With a few #1’s and album sales well above that of B&D today I think Sugarland have taken the lead in this category for sure. Not to mention they are a headlining tour while B&D have decided to open some shows instead of a full scale tour for the time being.

Likely Winner: Sugarland – They’re the fan favorite. These two have caused such a buzz in the genre with their powerhouse songs that I don’t believe there is any competition. If B&D beat them it will not be a very deserving win. These two have defiantly become country musics most powerful duo.
Top New Male Vocalist
Luke Bryan
Jack Ingram
Jake Owen

My pick: Luke Bryan – This isn’t really an exciting category for me this year. Luke has the most appealing CD, voice and talent of the three and has also made his mark as an accomplished songwriter in Billy Currington’s #1 hit. I think he deserves it the most just because he is very underestimated.

Likely Winner: Jack Ingram – Jack has the most experience and probably the most devoted fans of the three duo to his years of hard attempts to get into the genre. He scored a debut #1 and has consistent top 20 hits. He may not be much to brad about in terms of album sales, but he has defiantly attracted what could be the most solid fan base and the most consistent record. I’ll go out on a limb and say he’s got it.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. bobby permalink
    March 4, 2008 10:40 pm

    it would be nice to see rodney atkins win male vocalist. i really like him althought i think keith urban and george strait both have better voices than him. even though i like taylor swift, i don’t think she has a very strong voice. i would love it if the eagles won vocal group just to see rescal flats lose, but they still havent really had a country hit yet although their album has done very well. sugarland should def. win duo. i would like to see either jack ingram or jake owen win new male vocalist, i like luke bryan too.

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