Monday, September 03, 2007
The past week, I was busy writing the Van Zant article, mentioned earlier on the blog. So, I hadn't gotten around to making comments on the CMA nominations.
First, the headline I guess. Brad Paisley and George Strait tie with the most nominations, with 5 each. Kenny Chesney, Alison Krauss and Martina McBride tie for 2nd with 4 each.
Now, as far as the actual predictions, I will post them this week over on my
CMA Award Viewer's Guide website that has a place for my predictions, a collection of albums to buy, and lots more.
But, now, what do the nominated artists say about the CMA membership (which I am apart of in full disclosure) and their thoughts on the best of country music in the past year?
It is very interesting I think.
There is a divide in opinion, but a leading edge given to more traditional artists. Brad Paisley and George Strait both are more of traditional style artists. You look through the list and see more pop-slanted, yet still country artists nominated as well, but no real trend.
Album of the Year surprised me a little bit with the nominations, especially Dierks Bentley. A great album, but I really believe there a couple that deserve the nomination a little more. Big & Rich also show up. A group that is very new country, however, "Lost In This Moment" is an amazing song, and the CMA membership I believe really stepped up to the plate and though may not be the most traditional sounding band, recognized the talent in this song.
The toughest categories I see this year comes in the Horizon Award and Song of the Year.
The talent displayed in the Horizon Award category is strong. All the artists, at this moment anyway, seem to be real solid in their career's future. Time will tell.
Song of the Year, well what can I say, these are some great songs. Also, some really good songwriters too.
Tomorrow, I will make my predictions and post them on my website. I have some tough decisions to make. I hope that I can continue to keep my just above 50% correct average. We will see.
Don't forget to submit your predictions too my CMA Award Viewer's Guide web page.