>Here’s my take on the top categories at the 47th Country Music Association Awards, airing from Nashville Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
While George Strait and Taylor Swift have both won the big prize before, this is a three-cowboy showdown between Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, who should repeat.
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Although Luke Bryan might have to wait a year to be crowned Entertainer of the Year, there’s no denying that he was the big country story of 2013. Voters will want to reward him—he’s never scored a CMA trophy—so look for him to stop Blake Shelton’s streak.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
If Taylor Swift’s Red were more country than pop, she’d be a lock to win. But there’s a lot of buzz behind Kacey Musgraves with her critically acclaimed breakthrough, Same Trailer Different Park. Feels like her moment.