Newswire editor Kayla Ross analyzes the recently announced nominees
By Kayla Ross, back page editor
The Country Music Association (CMA) has reached an agreement and announced the nominees for the 2022 CMA Awards, which will take place in November. This year’s hosts are country music star Luke Bryan and retired football quarterback Peyton Manning, both from the south and passionate about country music.
With 12 awards to be presented and dozens of nominees vying for an award, it can be hard to know where each award will go, so editor and country music enthusiast Kayla Ross is here to break down the main categories and provide predictions. of experts on who will get a win at home.
Artist of the Year
Luke Combs should win this one. His current tour is sold out everywhere and fans are raving about the energy and kindness that emerge from his concerts. Luke Combs is surely a fan favorite and is described as electric by fans who have seen him live.
Female singer of the year
The nominees for singer of the year are Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde, Carly Pearce, Carrie Underwood and Lainey Wilson. Carly Pearce is believed to have a good chance at this one, as her album 29 was very successful. Pearce is a fresher face than Lambert or Underwood and is arguably more popular than McBryde or Wilson.
Male Singer of the Year
Morgan Wallen will likely win the award in this category. After his recently released singles, such as “Flower Shops” featuring Ernest and “You Proof”, Wallen has certainly proven his vocal abilities and popularity, even after public controversies over Wallen using racial slurs.
Vocal Group of the Year
The nominees for Vocal Group of the Year are Lady A, Little Big Town, Midland, Old Dominion and Zac Brown Band. This award will likely go to the Zac Brown Band, given that they have the most recent music release with their well-received album release in 2021. The return.
Vocal Duo of the Year
The winning duo will likely be either Dan + Shay or Maddie & Tae, as they’ve been heavily rotated on country radio over the past year. The Osborne Brothers and Brooks & Dunn have both been around for a while, which suggests that this award won’t go to either duo.
New Artist of the Year
The nominees for New Artist of the Year are HARDY, Walker Hayes, Cody Johnson, Parker McCollum and Lainey Wilson. Lainey Wilson’s music is critically acclaimed, especially after touring with Morgan Wallen, so this award should go to her.
album of the year
Miranda Lambert has been nominated for this award five times and has won it twice. Lambert will potentially win this award for the third time in his musical career with palomino.
song of the year
Notably nominated for Song of the Year, “You Should Probably Leave” is the second single released from Stapleton’s album, restart. This sultry song did well on country radio and is one of the top five Stapleton songs to stream on Spotify, so it could take the win for the night.
Music Event of the Year
“Never Wanted To Be That Girl” is a popular song and has been compared many times to “Does He Love You” by Reba McEntire and Linda Davis. “Never Wanted To Be That Girl,” hailed as a powerful and timeless female duet, is a favorite to win.
Music Video of the Year
Nominated for Best Music Video of the Year is “I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)” by Taylor Swift ft. Chris Stapleton. There are four other nominees, but as this is Swift’s first CMA nomination since 2011, this clip stands to win. This video has been hailed for Blake Lively’s clever directions and Taylor Swift’s lavish scenes in a red ballgown as she strolls around an ex’s wedding.
The winners of the 2022 CMA Awards will be revealed during the awards ceremony on November 9, which airs at 7 p.m. EST on ABC.