The 42nd Country Music Association Awards will air live from Nashville Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Here, our inside take on the top categories.
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Bet on Chesney to lasso his third in a row (and fourth overall) in this category.
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
The American Idol has more chops than Swift and more clout than Lambert.
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
It’s a toss-up with Jackson and Urban, but smells like Paisley, last year’s winner, will repeat.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
In a battle of vets, Jackson edges Strait.