This Monday, February 15th, is the biggest night for music. Country music has a very strong presence.Here are a list of country music awards, the nominees, and my predictions:

Best Country Solo Performance

Chris Stapleton - Traveller

Carrie Underwood - Little Toy Guns

Lee Ann Womack - Chances Are

MY PREDICTION: When it comes down to it, the song on this list that is the most memorable and meaningful, Cam wins it. (I think Tennessee Whiskey should have been the song from Chris Stapleton. I believe that would actually win the award)


Best Country Duo or Group Performance

Brothers Osborne - Stay A Little Longer

Joey+Rory - If I Needed You

Charles Kelly, Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay - The Driver

Little Big Town - Girl Crush

Blake Shelton feat. Ashley Monroe - Lonely Tonight

MY PREDICTION: I would love nothing more than to see Joey+Rory win the award, but in the end, I believe Little Big Town will walk away with the Grammy due to their recent award success with Girl Crush.


Best Country Song

LeAnn Womack - Chances Are

Little Big Town - Girl Crush

Brandy Clark - Hold My Hand

Chris Stapleton - Traveller

MY PREDICTION: Again, I am giving this to Little Big Town. It's hard to argue with the success of Girl Crush.


Best Country Album

Sam Hunt - Montevallo

Little Big Town - Pain Killer

Chris Stapleton - Traveller

Ashley Monroe - The Blade

Kacey Musgraves - Pageant Material

MY PREDICTION: I believe Little Big Town will win a ton of Grammy's, but that will be mostly for Girl Crush. I am going with Chris Stapleton on this one.


Here are Country Artists nominated for awards that include multiple genres

Album of the Year

Chris Stapleton - Traveller

The Weeknd - Beauty Behind the Madness

Taylor Swift - 1989

Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color

Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly

MY PREDICTION: I really like Chris Stapleton's odds in this. Call me crazy putting him over Taylor Swift, but I think Chris wins.


Song of the Year

Kendrick Lamar - Alright

Little Big Town - Girl Crush

Taylor Swift - Blank Space

Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud

Wiz Kahlifa feat. Charlie Puth - See You Again

MY PREDICTION: Unfortunately country music fans, I think Kendrick Lamar will take this one.


Best New Artist

Meghan Trainor

Sam Hunt

Tori Kelly

James Bay

Courtney Barnett

MY PREDICTION: It's hard to argue with the success of Meghan Trainor, Sam Hunt, and Tori Kelly. However, Sam Hunt had a year for the record books. I am going with Sam Hunt.


You can find a complete list of nominees here.


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