Whiskey Riff Predictions for the 49th Annual CMA Awards

We’re only a day away from the CMA Awards, and it’s time for some predictions. By the way, be sure to follow us on Twitter (@WhiskeyRiff) as rising star Canaan Smith is gonna be taking over our account for the show. Gonna be a great time.

Alright, the nominees, and predictions…


Entertainer of the Year

Garth BrooksWill win and should win.
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Eric Church
Miranda Lambert

Female Vocalist of the Year

Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie UnderwoodWill win and should win.
Lee Ann Womack
Kelsea Ballerini

Male Vocalist of the Year

Dierks Bentley
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake SheltonWill win. 
Chris StapletonShould win. 

Album of the Year

Jason Aldean – Old Boots, New Dirt
Kacey MusgravesPageant Material – Will win. 
Little Big TownPain Killer – Should win
Kenny Chesney – The Big Revival
Chris Stapleton – Traveller

New Artist of the Year

Sam HuntWill win and should win. 
Maddie & Tae
Chris Stapleton
Kelsea Ballerini
Thomas Rhett

Song of the Year (Awarded to Songwriters)

“American Kids,” Kenny Chesney (Written by Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally)
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town (Written by Lori McKenna, Hillary Lindsey, Liz Rose) – Will win and should win.
“Like a Cowboy,” Randy Houser (Written by Randy Houser, Brice Long)
“Like a Wrecking Ball,” Eric Church (Written by Eric Church, Casey Beathard)
“Take Your Time,” Sam Hunt (Written by Sam Hunt, Josh Osborne, Shane McAnally)

Single of the Year

“American Kids,” Kenny Chesney
“Girl Crush,” Little Big TownWill win and should win.
“I Don’t Dance,” Lee Brice
“Take Your Time,” Sam Hunt
“Talladega,” Eric Church

Vocal Group of the Year

Lady Antebellum
Little Big TownWill win and should win. 
Rascal Flatts
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo of the Year

Brothers OsborneShould win. 
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia LineWill win.
Maddie & Tae
Thompson Square

Musical Event of the Year

“Django and Jimmie,” Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard
“Lonely Tonight,” Blake Shelton (Feat. Ashley Monroe)
“Raise ‘Em Up,” Keith Urban (Feat. Eric Church)Should win.
“Smokin’ and Drinkin’,” Miranda Lambert (Feat. Little Big Town)Will win.
“Wild Child,” Kenny Chesney (Feat. Grace Potter)

Music Video of the Year

“Biscuits,” Kacey Musgraves
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
“Girl in a Country Song,” Maddie & TaeShould win.
“Little Red Wagon,” Miranda Lambert
“Something in the Water,” Carrie UnderwoodWill win.

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