>The 40th annual Country Music Association Awards, hosted by Brooks & Dunn, will air live from Nashville Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Here’s how we size up the biggest categories of the night.
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Brooks & Dunn
Chesney’s got the edge, though Urban (last year’s winner) is nipping at his heels.
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
McBride is the class of the field, but breakout star Underwood has all the momentum.
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
While we’re rooting for Jackson, look for Nicole’s hubby to repeat in this category.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Brooks & Dunn, Hillbilly Deluxe
Rascal Flatts, Me and My Gang
Alan Jackson, Precious Memories
Kenny Chesney, The Road and the Radio
Brad Paisley, Time Well Wasted It’s a toss-up between Chesney and gangbuster sellers Rascal Flatts, but we’ll go with Renée’s ex.