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ACM Nominees: Thoughts and Predictions (Part 3)

March 4, 2008

Song of the Year
“Don’t Blink”
Artist: Kenny Chesney
Writers: Casey Beathard, Chris Wallin

“Lost in This Moment”
Artist: Big & Rich
Writers: Keith Anderson, Rodney Clawson, John Rich

“Moments”
Artist: Emerson Drive
Writers: Dave Berg, Annie Tate, Sam Tate

“Watching You”
Artist: Rodney Atkins
Writers: Rodney Atkins, Steve Dean, Brian White

“Stay”
Artist: Sugarland
Writer: Jennifer Nettles

My pick: “Don’t Blink”, Kenny Chesney– This is my favorite song from 2007 so of course I’m gonna pick it. It has a powerful message and a great performance that makes it one of Kenny’s most memorable and effective performances to date. It’s literally a perfect song in every aspect.

Likely Winner: “Watching You”, Rodney Atkins– The top song of 2007 spread Rodney’s connection to is son. What more can you ask for. It’s easy to look at the other 4 nominees and say that they’ll win because they are powerful tearjerkers, but I think Rodney may leap from the shadows to win this one.

Video of the Year
“Don’t Blink,” Kenny Chesney
Producer: Tacklebox Films
Director: Shaun Silva

“Lost in This Moment,” Big & Rich
Producers: Big Kenny, Steve Lamar, Marc Oswald
Directors: Robert Deaton, George Flanigen

“Online,” Brad Paisley
Producer: Frames Per Second
Director: Jason Alexander

“Stay,” Sugarland
Producers: Kristian Bush, Byron Gallimore, Jennifer Nettles
Director: Shaun Silva

“Watching You,” Rodney Atkins
Producer: Broken Poet Production
Director: Eric Welch

My pick: “Stay”, Sugarland– Jennifer goes all out in the video in the best way. She gets really into the part and the lyrics to produce sincere and true tears that actually had her band mate worrying about her on the set. Although the song is a black background with her singing, it shows just how personal and effective this song can be and captures the true emotion hidden behind the simple words and guitar.

Likely Winner: “Online”, Brad Paisley– Filled with cameo appearances, this is another one of Brad’s great videos. It scored #1 for the year on CMT and has grasped a lot of attention from other sources as well. Brad seems to be the best when it comes to video/artist relations and constantly overdoes his videos to get the true effect and enjoyment out if it all. I think Brad is likely the hands down winner here again.

Vocal Event
“Because of You,” Reba McEntire Duet With Kelly Clarkson
Producers: Tony Brown, Reba McEntire

“Find Out Who Your Friends Are,” Tracy Lawrence With Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney
Producers: Julian King, Tracy Lawrence

“Shiftwork,” Kenny Chesney Duet With George Strait
Producers: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney

“Till We Ain’t Strangers Anymore,” Bon Jovi Featuring LeAnn Rimes
Producer: Dann Huff

“What You Give Away,” Vince Gill With Sheryl Crow
Producers: Vince Gill, John Hobbs, Justin Niebank

 My pick: “What You Give Away”, Vince Gill with Sheryl Crow– Although this song didn’t receive a lot of feedback, it is still Vince Gill at his very best. Sheryl adds to the masterpiece that is this song. The two spread a great message about how nothing you do will matter in the end as much as what you give to others around you. I think this was a very underestimated performance that deserved a lot more attention than it got. Hopefully it’ll get the legend’s treatment here.

Likely Winner: “Because Of You”, Reba McEntire Duet with Kelly Clarkson– I’m surprised this song doesn’t already have this type of award to its credit. The popular country rendition of this powerful duet not only brings together a legend and one of her biggest fans, but brings together two genres into one powerful song of abuse in a relationship. The sentiment alone is likely to make this the winner.

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  1. Jerry permalink
    March 6, 2008 12:52 am

    For Song of the year my pick would be “Watching You”, but for the likely winner I think it’s a toss-up between Rodney and Chesney.
    For the Video of the Year my pick would be “Don’t Blink” or “Watching You”. I like Sugarland’s song, but there’s not much to the video, although I agree Jennifer goes all out in it. I think the winner will probably be “Online”, but maybe “Don’t Blink” has a shot.
    For Vocal Event I’d really like to see the Tracy, Tim, and Kenny trio win this, but this is a big toss-up although I agree “Because of You” probably has the bigger shot at winning.

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