Here are the 2013 CMA Awards Nominees…and My Picks for Each Category!

So the most wonderful time of the year is coming up and I don’t mean Christmas…or watermelon season (or is that just the most wonderful time to me?). Anyway, It’s CMA awards time! The awards are taking place on November 6th and I can’t be more excited! The nominees were announced a couple weeks ago and that day alone was super exciting…I can’t imagine how exciting November 6th will be. Even though I know my picks don’t actually matter, even if I like to pretend they do, I’m gonna break down who I think should win so enjoy!


Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Blake Shelton
George Strait
Taylor Swift

My Pick: Luke Bryan OR Blake Shelton
What’s more entertaining than Luke’s perfect dance moves and amazing voice? Oh I know…just staring at his face. Plus Blake is SO funny and always drunk so it’s bound to be a good time at his concerts. If you want a little glimpse at how entertaining Blake is just look at his twitter. That is why I can’t choose between these 2 so I will be one hundred percent okay with either of them winning.
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Male Vocalist

Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban

My Pick: Keith Urban
The fact that he’s Australian pretty much decides my vote. Just kidding (kind of). I could just listen to Keith Urban’s voice all day and be a happy girl. Plus he’s just a beautiful human being…even if he is more than double my age. Age is just a number, right?

Female Vocalist

Kelly Clarkson
Carrie Underwood
Miranda Lambert
Taylor Swift
Kacey Musgraves

My Pick: Carrie Underwood
She had me at bock bock (her chicken impression at her American Idol audition in case you have no idea what I’m talking about). It’s crazy how she was discovered on American Idol and now she’s one of the biggest country stars. I just think she’s incredible and deserves it the most.

Vocal Group

The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band
Little Big Town
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum

My Pick: Zac Brown Band
I just want to hang out with them on an island somewhere. Ya know…toes in the water, ass in the sand. They’re so different from every band and I just love them.
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Vocal Duo

Florida Georgia Line
Thompson Square
Love and Theft
The Civil Wars
Big & Rich

My Pick: Love and Theft OR Florida Georgia Line
I sat here for ten minutes trying to decide between these two but I just can’t. Florida Georgia Line is hands down my favorite so I want them to win BUT Love and Theft has quickly made it to the top of my list. After seeing them in concert twice this summer I can’t ignore their amazing voices and undeniable good looks. So basically I pick Florida Georgia Line AND Love and Theft. It’s a win-win situation!
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New Artist

Brett Eldredge
Florida Georgia Line
Kip Moore
Lee Brice
Kacey Musgraves

My Pick: Kip Moore
Like I said, Florida Georgia Line is my favorite but I think Kip Moore deserves this award for obvious reasons. Just listen to his album, “Up All Night”, and trust me, your heart will melt. If it doesn’t, well, clearly you don’t have a heart. That is all.


Blake Shelton- “Based on a True Story”
Taylor Swift- “Red”
Little Big Town- “Tornado”
Carrie Underwood- “Blown Away”
Kacey Musgraves- “Same Trailer Different Park”

My Pick: Blake Shelton- “Based on a True Story”
I. Love. This. Album. I just love it so much…every single song. It was on repeat for a good few weeks on my iPod and seeing it live a few weeks ago was even better. So if I had to pick my favorite album…mine would be you this. See what I did there?


Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban- “Highway Don’t Care”
Kacey Musgraves- “Merry Go ‘Round”
Miranda Lambert- “Mama’s Broken Heart”
Darius Rucker- “Wagon Wheel”
Florida Georgia Line- “Cruise”

My Pick: Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban- “Highway Don’t Care”
Tim McGraw is perfect and therefore so is this song. Tim McGraw’s singing and Keith Urban’s guitar playing in the same song is just my dream come true. Seeing it live at the CMA fest is definitely on the top 10 best moments of my life. I don’t really know what the other 9 are but that’s irrelevant.

Song (Songwriters)

“Mama’s Broken Heart”- Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, and Kacey Musgraves
“I Drive Your Truck”- Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, and Jimmy Yeary
“Wagon Wheel”- Bob Dylan and Ketch Secor
“Pontoon”- Natalie Hemby, Luke Laird, and Barry Dean
“Merry Go ‘Round”- Kacey Musgraves, Josh Osborne, and Shane McAnally

My Pick: “I Drive Your Truck”
This song gets me every time. It’s just so good. I’ve listened to it an unhealthy amount of times…and I’m totally okay with that.

Musical Event

Kelly Clarkson ft. Vince Gill- “Don’t Rush”
Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban- “Highway Don’t Care”
Blake Shelton ft. Pistol Annies- “Boys ‘Round Here”
Florida Georgia Line ft. Nelly- “Cruise”
Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan and Eric Church- “The Only Way I Know”

My Pick: Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan and Eric Church- “The Only Way I Know”
Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan AND Eric Church…all together…in the same song. Need I say more?

Music Video

Miranda Lambert- “Mama’s Broken Heart”
Lady Antebellum- “Downtown”
Blake Shelton ft. Pistol Annies- “Boys ‘Round Here”
Little Big Town- “Tornado”
Tim McGraw- “Highway Don’t Care”
Carrie Underwood- “Blown Away”

My Pick: Carrie Underwood- “Blown Away”
Aside from the fact that Carrie Underwood is the most perfect human being in the world and looks perfect in the video, I just really like the video itself. The storm and everything that’s going on in it just looks really cool and I love it.


Mac McAnally
Paul Franklin
Brent Mason
Dann Huff
Sam Bush

Considering I don’t know anything about this category, I’m just not picking anyone but here’s the nominees in case you were wondering!

Well, there you have it. Only 42 days to go! Ahhh November 6th come faster! Oh and did I mention how the awards are being hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley?! Can it get any more perfect?! The answer is no. So who do you want to win the CMA awards? Comment with your picks!


One thought on “Here are the 2013 CMA Awards Nominees…and My Picks for Each Category!

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