2021 CMA Awards: WNCO's Matt Appleby Makes His Predictions


The 55th Annual CMA Awards will be held tonight beginning at 8:00 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. You can hear the entire ceremony on 101.3 WNCO!

Here's a look at this year's nominees and who I think will take home the trophies. (My Picks)

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

•Eric Church

• Luke Combs

• Miranda Lambert

• Chris Stapleton

• Carrie Underwood

SINGLE OF THE YEAR

• “Famous Friends” –Chris YoungwithKane Brown

• “The Good Ones” –Gabby Barrett

• “Hell of a View” –Eric Church

• “One Night Standards” –Ashley McBryde

“Starting Over” –Chris Stapleton

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

• “29” –Carly Pearce

• “Dangerous: The Double Album” –Morgan Wallen

• “Heart” –Eric Church

• “Skeletons” –Brothers Osborne

• “Starting Over” –Chris Stapleton

SONG OF THE YEAR

• “Forever After All” - Songwriters:Luke Combs, Drew Parker, Robert Williford

• “The Good Ones” - Songwriters:Gabby Barrett, Zach Kale, Emily Landis, Jim McCormick

• “Hell of a View” - Songwriters:Casey Beathard, Eric Church, Monty Criswell

• “One Night Standards” - Songwriters:Nicolette Hayford, Shane McAnally, Ashley McBryde

• “Starting Over” - Songwriters:Mike Henderson, Chris Stapleton

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

•Gabby Barrett

• Miranda Lambert

• Ashley McBryde

• Maren Morris

• Carly Pearce

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

•Dierks Bentley

• Eric Church

• Luke Combs

• Thomas Rhett

• Chris Stapleton

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

•Lady A

• Little Big Town

• Midland

• Old Dominion

• Zac Brown Band

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR

•Brooks & Dunn

• Brothers Osborne

• Dan + Shay

• Florida Georgia Line

• Maddie & Tae

MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR

• “Buy Dirt” –Jordan DavisandLuke Bryan

• “Chasing After You” –Ryan HurdwithMaren Morris

• “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” –Elle King&Miranda Lambert

• “Famous Friends” –Chris Young with Kane Brown

• “Half of My Hometown” –Kelsea Ballerini(featuringKenny Chesney)

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR

•Jenee Fleenor, Fiddle

Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar

•Aaron Sterling, Drums

•Ilya Toshinskiy, Banjo

•Derek Wells, Guitar

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR

• “Chasing After You” –Ryan HurdwithMaren Morris

• “Famous Friends” –Chris YoungwithKane Brown

• “Gone” –Dierks Bentley

• “Half of My Hometown” –Kelsea Ballerini (featuring Kenny Chesney)

• “Younger Me” –Brothers Osborne

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

•Jimmie Allen

• Ingrid Andress

• Gabby Barrett

• Mickey Guyton

• HARDY


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