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2009 ACM Award Predictions

April 4, 2009

With the ACM Awards coming up tomorrow night, it’s its time to make my call concerning who could or should take home the big awards tomorrow night. Also, be aware that the three New Artist categories have been combined with the three winning nominees from New Group, male Artist and Female Artist now being up for the official award.

The Video and Collaboration Awards have already been announced, they will not be included in this post however it it worth noting that Brad Paisley and Keith Urban’s duet “Start A Band” won Collaboration and Paisley also took home the award for Video of The Year for “Waitin’ On A Woman”.

ACM 2009: Nominees and Predictions

Entertainer of the Year

  • Kenny Chesney
  • Brad Paisley
  • George Strait
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Keith Urban

My Pick: Carrie Underwood– Carrie has it all. She has failed to avoid the #1 spot for every song she’s released, she has credited massive sales for both her projects, and she has become potentially the next Shania Twain in terms of longevity and success even joining the Opry this past year. Not only is she the most qualified and the most deserving, but it’s also worth noting that this award is fan voted and she likely has the largest fan base too.


Top Male Vocalist

  • Kenny Chesney
  • Toby Keith
  • Brad Paisley
  • George Strait
  • Keith Urban

My Pick: Brad Paisley– He hold the longest current streak of #1 hits for a male artist in the recorded chart history, beginning in the 80’s. On top of that he’s become one of the biggest touring acts of the past few years and has managed to reach the success and following of his competitors in true underdog fashion, making his a worthy recipient of this award for the third year in a row.


Top Female Vocalist

  • Miranda Lambert
  • Heidi Newfield
  • Taylor Swift
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Lee Ann Womack

My Pick: Carrie Underwood– it doesn’t matter how popular or improved any of the women in this category are, Underwood is just an unstoppable force and should this award be given to the most deserving, most respected and most consistent artist like it should, Carrie Underwood has it in the bag.


Top Vocal Group




  • Lady Antebellum
  • Little Big Town
  • Rascal Flatts
  • Randy Rogers Band
  • The Lost Trailers

My Pick: Rascal Flatts– Truthfully, there really isn’t anyone here who can compete with these guys. Lady Antebellum and and Little Big Town may have a decent shot, and here to hoping they win to give this award some well needed variety, but I think it’ll be another year or so before these two acts can prove themselves enough to dethrone the Flatts boys.


Top Vocal Duo

  • Big & Rich
  • Brooks & Dunn
  • Joey + Rory
  • Montgomery Gentry
  • Sugarland

My Pick:Sugarland– I’d like to see Brooks & Dunn be dethroned here. Sugarland should have had it last year, but after another year of completely trumping the former top duo of the genre, it’s only appropriate that Sugarland take their place as the top duo in the genre.


Top New Artist

  • Julianne Hough
  • Jake Owen
  • Zac Brown Band

My Pick: Jake Owen– This is probably the toughest call to make right now. I think Owen’s underdog victory has earned him a rightful victory here after taking down fellow newcomers James Otto and Jamey Johnson. Hough took on less successful artists Sarah Buxton and Ashton Shepherd and Zac Brown’s Band took down The Lost Trailers and the Eli young Band. Owen’s trio seemed to be the most competitive which shows a lot of promise and a lot of support for him, which could easily work in his favor in the end.


Album of the Year

  • Back When I Knew It All – Montgomery Gentry
  • Carnival Ride – Carrie Underwood
  • Fearless – Taylor Swift
  • That Lonesome Song – Jamey Johnson
  • Troubadour – George Strait 

My Pick: That Lonesome Song– Of course I’m going to pick my favorite album of 2008 here, but that’s not the only reason. Other than Montgomery Gentry’s album, the other nominees were all qualified for the award before the rules were shifted. That being said, Jamey’s album has been a huge hit with both contemporary fans and traditionalists and both critics and casual listeners so overall it looks as if Johnson’s album should have a very good shot.



Single Record of the Year

  • “Gunpowder & Lead” – Miranda Lambert
  • “In Color” – Jamey Johnson
  • “Johnny And June” – Heidi Newfield
  • “Waitin’ On A Woman” – Brad Paisley
  • “You’re Gonna Miss This” – Trace Adkins 

My Pick: “You’re Gonna Miss This” – This was a huge hit for Trace and brought his career back up to it’s old success. Not only was it a huge part of his career, it’s his biggest #1 hit so far and was a huge hit with the fans. Also it’s important to consider that it was the longest running #1 hit of only two here (the other being Paisley’s “Waitin’ On A Woman”) which in itself makes it a safe bet for the win.


Song of the Year

  • I Saw God Today
    George Strait
    Composers:  Rodney Clawson, Monty Criswell, Wade Kirby
  • In Color
    Jamey Johnson
    Composers:  Jamey Johnson, Lee Thomas Miller, James Otto
  • Johnny And June
    Heidi Newfield
    Composers:  Deanna Bryant, Heidi Newfield, Stephony Smith
  • Waitin’ On A Woman
    Brad Paisley
    Composers:  Don Sampson, Wynn Varble
  • You’re Gonna Miss This
    Trace Adkins
    Composers:  Ashley Gorley and Lee Thomas Miller

My Pick: “I Saw God Today”– The sad part about this is that this award is notoriously predictable for the ACM’s. It is usually given to an artist with the experience and star power that George possesses and considering the powerful message and effectiveness behind this song the King could very easily reign here this year.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Joe Ray permalink
    April 5, 2009 2:17 am

    Go Carrie!!!

  2. Vicki permalink
    April 5, 2009 4:05 pm

    I agree with all your choices and I hope they come true. My only pause is for duo…what about Montgomery Gentry? The only TRUE duo plus they have multiple hits from their critically acclaimed album.

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