The 46th annual CMA Awards will be handed out on Nov. 1 in Nashville with the kudocast airing live on ABC. Co-hosting for the fifth year in a row are Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood.

Taylor Swift will defend her title as Entertainer of the Year, a prize she won in 2009 and 2011. This year she faces off against Paisley, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, and Kenny Chesney.

But the top nominee overall this year is Eric Church, who leads all artists with five bids, including Album of the Year. Shelton and his wife Miranda Lambert are close behind with four apiece.

Use the menu above to read our overviews and handicapping of all 11 races. And be sure to check out the charts that show the predicted winners.

After reviewing all the nominees, head over to our prediction center to log your forecasts for the eventual winner. (Signing up for a free account takes just a minute.) Remember to rank the nominees in the order in which you think they will win. 

And be sure to check back with us often to see how your favorites are faring among all of our Users as well as with our Editors and Experts.

Entertainer of the Year: Handicapping
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Taylor Swift

Swift won this award in 2009 but was snubbed in 2010. However, she came back to win the category again in 2011.


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Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney has won this category four times: 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008.


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