Each of our two music experts — David Schnelwar and Darrin Dortch — have the other’s picks for who will win and should win this last of the country categories as the potential spoiler. This is the last of six awards in this field, following Best Country Song, Best Country Collaboration with Vocals, Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Female Country Vocal Performance.
BEST COUNTRY ALBUM
“Up On the Ridge,” Dierks Bentley
“You Get What You Give,” Zac Brown Band
“The Guitar Song,” Jamey Johnson
“Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum
“Revolution,” Miranda Lambert
David’s take: Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” is nominated for Album of the Year and is the frontrunner to win. Since 1994, only six Best Country Album nominees have been nominated for Album of the Year. In 1999, Shania Twain’s “Come on Over” was nominated for Album of the Year and lost Best Country Album to Dixie Chicks’ “Wide Open Spaces.” That is the only time this has happened. If this should happen again Miranda Lambert’s “Revolution” might win.
Will win: “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum
Should win: “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum
Spoiler: “Revolution,” Miranda Lambert
Darrin’s take: Despite garnering an Album of the Year nomination and being one of the year’s best selling albums, I think Lady A will lose this category to Lambert. Lambert’s album has been widely acclaimed and has won Album of the Year from numerous country industry awards. The Dixie Chicks were able to take down Shania’s legendary “Come On Over” album here so I see no reason why Lambert can’t do the same.
Will win: “Revolution,” Miranda Lambert
Should win: “Revolution,” Miranda Lambert
Spoiler: “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum
PREDICTIONS IN OTHER FIELDS
ALTERNATIVE: Best Alternative Music Album
POP: Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, Best Pop Performance By A Duo or Group with Vocals, Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance