My 2013 CMA Awards Predictions

My vote would’ve gone to the selection of each category in bold.

Entertainer of the Year:
Blake Shelton
George Strait
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Taylor Swift

Single of the Year:
Cruise – Florida Georgia Line. Republic Nashville.
Highway Don’t Care – Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift & Keith Urban. Big Machine Records.
Mama’s Broken Heart – Miranda Lambert. RCA Nashville.
Merry Go Round – Kacey Musgraves. Mercury Records.
Wagon Wheel – Darius Rucker. Capital Records Nashville.

Album of the Year:
Based on a True Story – Blake Shelton. Warner Bros. Nashville.
Blown Away – Carrie Underwood. Artista Nashville.
Red – Taylor Swift. Big Machine Records.
Same Trailer Different Park – Kacey Musgraves. Mercury Records.
Tornado – Little Big Town. Capital Records Nashville.

Song of the Year:
I Drive Your Truck – Written by: Jesi Alexander, Connie Harrington & Jimmy Yeary. Performed by: Lee Brice.
Mama’s Broken Heart – Written by: Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves. Performed by: Miranda Lambert.
Merry Go Round – Written by: Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves & Josh Osborne. Performed by: Kacey Musgraves.
Pontoon – Written by: Barry Dean, Natalie Hemby & Luke Laird. Performed by: Little Big Town.
Wagon Wheel – Written by: Bob Dylan & Ketch Secor. Performed by: Darius Rucker.

Female Vocalist of the Year:
Carrie Underwood
Kacey Musgraves
Kelly Clarkson
Miranda Lambert
Taylor Swift

Male Vocalist of the Year:
Blake Shelton
Eric Church
Jason Aldean
Keith Urban
Luke Bryan

Vocal Group of the Year:
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo of the Year:
Big & Rich
Florida Georgia Line
Love and Theft
The Civil Wars
Thompson Square

Musical Event of the Year:
Boys Round Here – Blake Shelton Feat. Pistol Annies
Cruise – Florida Georgia Line with Nelly
Don’t Rush – Kelly Clarkson Feat. Vince Gill
Highway Don’t Care – Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
The Only Way I Know – Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan and Eric Church

Musician of the Year:
Brent Mason – Guitar
Dann Huff – Guitar
Mac McAnally – Guitar
Paul Franklin – Steel Guitar
Sam Bush – Mandolin

Music Video of the Year:
Blown Away – Carrie Underwood. Directed by: Randee St. Nicholas.
Boys Round Here – Blake Shelton Feat. Pistol Annies. Directed by: Trey Fanjoy.
Downtown – Lady Antebellum. Directed by: Peter Zavadill.
Highway Don’t Care – Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift & Keith Urban. Directed by: Shane Drake.
Mama’s Broken Heart – Miranda Lambert. Directed by: Trey Fanjoy.
Tornado – Little Big Town. Directed by: Shane Drake.

New Artist of the Year:
Brent Eldredge
Florida Georgia Line
Kacey Musgraves
Kip Moore
Lee Brice

Entertainer of the Year selection came down to Blake Shelton vs. Luke Bryan. Ultimately I chose Shelton due to his role on The Voice.

Cruise for Single of the Year was one of the easiest decisions for me.  However if someone made an argument for Merry Go Round I would not fight it.

Same Trailer Different Park from Kacey Musgraves is an incredible album.  From top to bottom I gave it the edge of Blown Away.

Song of the Year was probably the toughest decision for me to make.  I Drive Your Truck, Merry Go Round and Wagon Wheel are all favorites of mine.  I Drive Your Truck is my dark horse that could win this category due to the great story it tells.

Female Vocalist of the Year was a tight race as well.  I ultimately decided I like what I’ve heard this year from Carrie Underwood the most.  I’ll admit a little celebrity crush bias might have played into this decision though….

Luke Bryan was my gut decision for Male Vocalist of the Year, but the more I think about it the more my mind starts trying to sway me to each of the other candidates.  So I’ll stop trying to sway myself and go with my which of the group sounded best right away.

Last year the Vocal Group of the Year category would have been much tougher, but when I think about what has happened in just the past year I liked The Band Perry here by a long shot.

What do you get when you throw together three the most popular country music male talents for one song.  The Only Way I Know getting my vote for Musical Event of the Year.

The music video for Blown Away I felt like was superior to the others in the Music Video of the Year category.

Just like all the other categories, New Artist of the Year had a lot of worthy candidates.  Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves are two new favorites of mine, but it is hard to argue with Florida Georgia Line’s success this year.

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DC2AA Awards (David Coats II Excellence in Animation Awards)


Blake Shelton

Welcome each and every one of you to this very special occasion.  The time you have all been waiting for is is finally here, so no more sleepless nights because here it is.  The DC2AA (Pronounced “D-C-Two-Double A”) Awards are being released and I am your exclusive source for this special occasion!

What is that I hear you mumbling to yourself?  You have never heard of the DC2AA Awards before?  Well let me be the first to tell you, it is the single most prestigious award given out to those displaying excellence in the world of animation by a 21 year old boy in the Midwest without any monetary value!  So yeah if you win it is kind of a big deal.

I will be announcing three winners this year, each in a separate category.  The three categories are as follows:

  1. Excellence in Entertainment
  2. Excellence in Education
  3. Excellence in Marketing/Advertising

Alright here we go!

The Lion King
When The Lion King was originally released in 1994, the film grossed more than $783 million worldwide.  It was the most successful film released in 1994 and currently sits as the 20th highest-grossing feature film ever.  It is a good watch for people of all ages and was created with great animation.

Blue’s Clues
In a short documentary by Jim Forbes titled, Behind the clues: 10 years of Blue , he calls Blue’s Clues “one of the most successful, critically acclaimed, and ground-breaking preschool television series of all time”.  It has also won 9 Emmy Awards, according to Wikipedia.  In my opinion Blue’s Clues was a great use of animation.  Many children, including myself, watched this show daily.  Not only did it teach its viewers, but it made it fun and entertaining for their demographic.

Old Spice’s “OldSpice Guy” commercials starring Isiah Mustafa
These commercials have millions of views on YouTube.  These commercials are greatly entertaining to the point that people go online to look up commercials to watch.  That’s a far cry from somebody changing the channel during commercials.  The Old Spice guy commercials had animation in them to make Mustafa do odd and funny things.  These commercials created a great stir amongst viewers to have people searching their product up essentially.

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