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Can Taylor Swift take top CMA Award?

Who should win CMA Entertainer of the Year?

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taylorCountry music’s biggest names will hit Nashville tonight for the 43rd CMA Awards.

Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley (the leading nominee with 7 nods) will co-host, perform and vie for a few trophies.

We can expect to see the likes of Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Zac Brown Brown, George Strait and many others.

Of course, country’s sweetheart, Taylor Swift, will be on hand to open the show. The 19-year-old – second only to Michael Jackson this year in terms of sales – is competing for the top spot.

While Chesney has predictably won Entertainer of the Year for five years, she could give him a run for his money. And she could give a bit of competition to Underwood, who’s won Female Vocalist of the Year three times in a row.

Who do you think will/should win?

The show airs tonight at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Check AJC.com tonight and tomorrow for red carpet photos, winners and more.

17 comments Add your comment

tayswiftfan

November 11th, 2009
1:03 pm

Taylor deserves it I will be tuning in tonight for the first time and am hoping to see her win! Good luck Tay! Love you!!!!

KC Fan

November 11th, 2009
1:22 pm

I definitely think Kenny Chesney should win. By the way, on your poll, you list him as “Keith Chesney.”

accessAtlanta

November 11th, 2009
1:26 pm

@KCFan: Thanks for the catch! The excitement got the best of us : )

Robin

November 11th, 2009
2:01 pm

Entertainer of the Year – I think Taylor could win this, but think Kenny or Brad will win this. I think Brad should win this. While Taylor has pulled in large numbers to concerts, entertaining tweens isn’t what country music is about. But, anyway, it could happen.

Best Female Vocalist – I think “anyone” could win as that’s the way of awards, but I don’t think Taylor will win. While the CMA’s have consistently rewarded Kenny as being the “best entertainer in country music”, they’ve never made fools of themselve by naming him “best male vocalist”, but he has a ton of trouble staying in tune like Swift. Although he is better vocally than Swift. I think Swift has a better chance to win Entertainer of the Year than Female Vocalist. The members of the CMA’s will doubtfully make fools of themselves by calling her a great vocalist.

Best Female vocalist – should and will go to Carrie Underwood. While Swift has huge sales this year, she still did not come close to becoming a “vocalist”. The entire field of nominees should and would win before she does, but Underwood is by far and away the best in this field and has several more years of this to win. I believe by this time next year she’ll have won it more than anyone in history with only more years to follow.

Sam

November 11th, 2009
2:37 pm

While Taylor is good, I rather have her win female vocalist, she has a good voice and the albums sales too prove it. However, she doesn’t have kenny chesney’s sheer entertainment or tour numbers. Kenny played for the 8th yr. in a row, to over a million fans. Swift too, will have many oppertunities to win this award. kenny will take next year off. Kenny Chensey has my vote.

Dan Deacon

November 11th, 2009
2:44 pm

Stuff that up your rear end Kanye with your racist self. Taylor has more class in her little finger than you have in your entire body. The best cream always rises to the top. Kanye, you’re on the bottom of a crap pile headed to the sewer.

Jim Dandy

November 11th, 2009
3:02 pm

Hopefully Taylor has learned to sing live in the past 12 months. She can not sing live worth a darn. The duet she did with Miley Cyrus was the absolute worst thing I have ever heard! Being pretty can only take you so far….

MIssy

November 11th, 2009
3:17 pm

Taylor might have a shot at winning EOTY. But if she wins FVOTY, I’m SO boycotting the CMA’S. The person below me is right: Taylor can’t sing worth crap. Female belongs to Miss Underwood.

RC Cola and a Moon Pie

November 11th, 2009
3:19 pm

god, i hope she doesn’t win. But, i guess the award is entitled “Entertainer” of the year. It doesn’t say you should be “talented”.

look, she’s a pretty little girl. that’s it. she can’t sing, dance or act. if she had to try out for American Idol – she wouldn’t make it past the parking lot judges…

Gary

November 11th, 2009
3:28 pm

For ETOY, it should be one of the guys – either Kenny, Keith or Brad. Those three have the album and ticket sales combined over Taylor. My gut says it will be Kenny for a 5th time taking over the lead from Garth. However, I really think this is Brad’s award to lose. Taylor should feel honored to be included in this group. Those who know the CMA members know that a female has to really out-do a male to win this award. She doesn’t have that yet. Unfortunately for Taylor – country radio are not the ones propping up her album sales or getting her number 1 records – you can thank the pop stations for that and trust me, the CMA voters know this.

Male Vocalist – Brad Paisley. Hands down on this one. I could see Keith stealing it, but a great year and 11 strait #1s has this one all but wrapped up.

Female Vocalist – Carrie Underwood. Carrie has become a favorite for the CMA members and should capture her 3rd straight honor. Don’t be surprised if Reba steals this one though. She has had a great year. Personally I would love to see my fav Martina McBride get back into the win category here, but I really think Carrie has this one and deservedly so. Sorry Taylor, you are a great song writer, but bad vocalist.

Vocal Group – Rascal Flatts. Rather see Georgia bands Zac Brown Band or Lady Antebellum take this one home, but the Flatts get it one more time before these other two bands take over for future shows/awards.

Vocal Duo – Brooks and Dunn. Sugarland deserves it, but are not calling it a career. B&D get the sentimental vote and take home the award one last time.

Album – Taylor Swift – Fearless. No one came close to her album success this year

Single of the Year – People are Crazy/Billy Currington. Chart topping success and a great song.

Song of the Year – In Color/Jamey Johnson-James Otto. Awesome song. Award goes to the writers.

Gary

November 11th, 2009
3:35 pm

RC is right to an extent on Taylor. She is a great person, but let’s remember how she got into Country Music – because of the internet popularity of her first song. She can write like no tomorrow and deserves the BMI award she picked up yesterday. But that is where her talent stops and even that is becoming stale with her very short topic list. She needs to broaden her writing and get better at singing. Unfortunately for her, once the tween years wear off, she will be relegated to song writing duty mainly. Don’t believe me? Just look at the long list of overnight pop stars who are nothing now. Swift success is in the same boat because of her fan base. It is not traditionally country fans who support her, but fans who will find someone else next year.

Trish

November 11th, 2009
6:09 pm

Maybe Taylor for EOTY but no way should she win a vocalist award. Carrie Underwood is the best vocalist today and should win again but if not
my second choice would be Reba.

Amy

November 11th, 2009
6:15 pm

For me Taylor sounds like a cry baby. I cant think that she sings country music. She is cute,talented but her music is not country.

Amy

November 11th, 2009
6:17 pm

Where is Kely Pickler? She is better than Taylor,so is Underwood.

Jim Dandy

November 11th, 2009
8:33 pm

OMG – Taylor’s performance to open the CMA’s was TERRIBLE!!! She really needs to learn how to sing in tune when live!

DGM

November 11th, 2009
11:05 pm

I cannot believe the awards she won! She can write a song but damn can so not sing and looks like an idiot on stage. This is a disgrace to country music and if I were a real country music singer I.e. Reba, Carrie,Keith , Brad I would be so insulted. She is proof that if mommy and Daddy have money anything can happen. I live in Nashville and this is sad!

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