New Artist of the Year
Zac Brown Band
This is where Rucker will certainly come out on top, and People Magazine will agree. There really is no competition. Although he’s already won one Best New Artist Grammy when he was with Hootie and the Blowfish this year marks his new start in Nashville and Country music. Rucker was also the first country artist since Wynona Judd to have his first three singles reach number one on the charts and he’s reached platinum success. No one else stands a chance.
Vocal Group of the Year
Little Big Town
Zac Brown Band
People Magazine is going with Rascal Flatts with this one, and with their multiple successes and longtime experience in the industry they’re certainly standouts in a category riddled with newcomers and the Eagles (who as People Magazine poined out “aren’t considered real country”). Even so I’d really like to see this award go to Lady Antebellum. Since they’ve hit the country music scene they’ve proven their abilities more than enough and they certainly would deserve to win. Besides, after a while it seems like every Rascal Flatts song starts to sound the same.
Vocal Duo of the Year
Big & Rich
Brooks & Dunn
Joey + Rory
As a big fan of Sugarland it’s understandable why People Magazine pegged them as the one’s to beat this year in this category. However, this writer remains doubtful. As great as Sugarland is Brooks & Dunn announced that they are leaving country music for retirement. With the loss of such a great duo it’s legitimate to wonder if voters will want to honor their career in this way.
Album of the year
American Saturday Night
Produced by Frank Rogers and Chris DuBois
Produced by Dann Huff and Keith Urban
Capitol Records Nashville
Produced by Nathan Chapman and Taylor Swift
Big Machine Records
Love on the Inside
Produced by Byron Gallimore, Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles
The Lonesome Song
Produced by the Kent
People magazine is pegging this one as a race between Swift and Paisley and betting Paisley the winner since Swift may be considered “too pop.” That much is true but they’ve also put Sugarland as a possible winner although probably not. This is where I disagree. Paisley is a talented artist no doubt and American Saturday Night is a great record but one should be hesitant before naming it the best of all the albums listed, and it’s definitely not his best work. This round should go to Sugarland.