By Shannon Collins
The Country Music Awards are coming, people. In a little over a month, all country fans will be watching this awards show with baited breath, just waiting to see how many awards each of their favorite artists will take home. It’s an exciting time, to say the least. Especially since tickets went on sale Sept. 29.
And to get everyone even more excited, the first performers have been announced for this year’s show: Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town, and Kelly Clarkson.
All these performers are up for nominations this year, with Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley, and Jason Aldean all competing against each other for Single of the Year. In fact, all of them are nominated in three different categories. Clarkson is the only artist nominated in just one category. She’s up for Female Vocalist of the Year, and again, it must be said: Why, country music? Why? While she may be from the South, Clarkson is a pop star, through and through. Listen to “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” and try to say otherwise.
But this isn’t another article on the ever-narrowing gap between country and pop-with-a-twang. The CMAs are always a great show with two fantastic, if somewhat tired, hosts. Not to say Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood don’t do a good job at hosting; it’s just a little repetitive the fifth time around and keeps other artists from showcasing their humor and personality.
That being said, this year seems very promising. There are some great singers lined up, new artists to look out for, and a couple of hours dedicated to country music. What’s better than that?