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2012 CMA Awards Predictions

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Entertainer of the YearJason AldeanKenny ChesneyBrad PaisleyBlake SheltonTaylor Swift Will win: Kenny ChesneyShould win: Jason Aldean Chesney had a phenomenal summer touring with Tim McGraw (who is weirdly absent from all but one CMA category this year) and he certainly would deserve the nod, but Aldean also had a killer year on the road, even venturing into some stadium shows, and he's fast emerging as one of the format's top entertainers. Aldean and Chesney are tied with three CMA nominations apiece this year. Swift, who won the category last year and also in 2009, was mostly off the road this year as she recorded her new album, but look for her to be a strong contender again here in 2013. Shelton's work on NBC's "The Voice" gave country music a higher national profile, so he could be a dark horse here. If Chesney wins Entertainer of the Year as expected, it will be his fifth time, giving him the record for the most wins in the category. He's currently tied with Garth Brooks, also a four-time Entertainer of the Year winner.
© Kenny Chesney
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