The 39th annual Country Music Association Awards will air live from New York City Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. Here’s who we’d like to see lasso the top trophies.
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR Kenny Chesney Alan Jackson Toby Keith [PEOPLE’s pick] Brad Paisley Keith Urban Postmodern cowboy Keith has cut himself out from the herd.
SINGLE OF THE YEAR Brad Paisley “Alcohol” Toby Keith “As Good As I Once Was” [PEOPLE’s pick] Sugarland “Baby Girl” Rascal Flatts “Bless the Broken Road” Lee Ann Womack “I May Hate Myself in the Morning” Keith exercises one of his strong points: his sense of humor.
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR Kenny Chesney Alan Jackson [PEOPLE’s pick] Brad Paisley George Strait Keith Urban At 47, Nashville veteran Jackson is moving gracefully into old-lion status, capitalizing on his age and experience rather than denying it.
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR Sara Evans Alison Krauss Martina McBride Gretchen Wilson [PEOPLE’s pick] Lee Ann Womack In a too-often overproduced world, Wilson remains an authentic breath of fresh air.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR Keith Urban Be Here Rascal Flatts Feels Like Today Tim McGraw Live Like You Were Dying [PEOPLE’s pick]] Lee Ann Womack There’s More Where That Came From George Strait Somewhere Down in Texas McGraw’s was the most vital.