I have broken down the awards into seven different categories, and I will announce the winners in the coming days. The seven categories are as follows:
- Best Album
This award will go to what I felt was the overall best album of the year: an album that fired on all cylinders and achieved on all fronts. An album that from start to finish was not only a fine piece of music and piece of art, but that was also enjoyable to listen to.
- Best Song
Much like the “Best Album” award, this will go to what I felt was the best overall song of the year: a song which hit all the right notes and succeeded not just as a great Country/Americana song, but also as just a great song overall.
- Collaboration of the Year
This award will go to a song and artists who collaborated on a song and put out an amazing piece of music together.
- Male Vocalist of the Year
- Female Vocalist of the Year
- Group of the Year
These three awards speak for themselves.
- Mainstream Single of the Year
Often, we complain about the state of mainstream country music. This award will go to an artist and song who/that was a positive point in mainstream country during the past year: a song which tried to make country radio better and stood out as exemplary during 2016.
So, without further ado, I present the nominees in each category:
Jack Ingram – Midnight Motel
Randy Rogers Band – Nothing Shines Like Neon
Flatland Cavalry – Humble Folks
Aubrie Sellers – New City Blues
Sean McConnell – Self Titled
Lucinda Williams – Ghosts of Highway 20
Miranda Lambert – The Weight of These Wings
Jack Ingram – “Blaine’s Ferris Wheel”
Kiefer Sutherland – “Shirley Jean”
Turnpike Troubadours – “Come As You Are”
Lucinda Williams – “Can’t Close the Door on Love”
Randy Rogers Band – “Things I Need to Quit”
Aubrie Sellers – “Loveless Rolling Stone”
Miranda Lambert – “Tin Man”
Collaboration of the Year
Randy Rogers Band & Jamey Johnson – “Actin’ Crazy”
Chris and Morgane Stapleton – “You Are My Sunshine”
Flatland Cavalry and Kaitlin Butts – “A Life Where We Work Out”
David Nail and Lori McKenna – “Home”
Male Vocalist of the Year
Female Vocalist of the Year
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Group of the Year
Randy Rogers Band
Mainstream Single of the Year
Tim McGraw – “Humble and Kind”
Eric Church – “Record Year”
Miranda Lambert – “Vice”
Jon Pardi – “Head Over Boots”
Weigh in below, and I will be announcing the winners in the coming days!