One could look up loyalty and see the words, country music fans. That can be both good and bad. Good because it means concert sell-outs and music being purchased, as well.
But bad because some will overlook when the product may be losing its touch, quality wise. The verdict is still out of the latter noted here, but one thing, country music still rates, even if the product is not as good as it once was. That, too, is a matter for a debate.
Taking a look at the Country Music Association (CMA) nominations, which were announced today, one could wonder why only one female is in the top category of Entertainer of The Year? That would be Taylor Swift, who is showing up all over the place, and is in serious danger of facing a backlash, in her own industry. However, she sells, so award her until she leaves country on her own. Check out the Single of the Year category and there is "Springsteen" and "Pontoon." One naming a rock legend and the other, a summer fun, let's all hop on the boat, and party, song. Are they good or just sloppy and lazy attempts to pander?
But, country is still king on many fronts as noted in the judging jobs being offered on "American Idol." Not to mention, Kelly Clarkson on "Duets" and Blake Shelton on "The Voice." Throw in John Rich with "The Next" and it appears they seek out a country singer.
But mostly, the nominations listed below hit the mark, but this has got to be noted. The CMAs are not the Academy of Country Music Awards, but they surely can be confused. Checking in with representatives from the industry, comes this, on the nominations. "The depth and variety of talent represented by this year's nominees is outstanding," said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer.
"The 46th Annual CMA Awards" will be hosted for the fifth time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Thursday, Nov. 1, on ABC. Eric Church leads all with five nominations, while Shelton and Miranda Lambert have four each. The CMAs are tabbed as Country Music's Biggest Night™.
The final nominees for "The 46th Annual CMA Awards":
Entertainer of the Year
Single of the Year (award goes to artist and producer(s))
"Dirt Road Anthem," Jason Aldean, Produced by Michael Knox, Broken Bow Records
"God Gave Me You," Blake Shelton, Produced by Scott Hendricks, Warner Bros. Records
"Home," Dierks Bentley, Produced by Brett Beavers and Luke Wooten, Capitol Records Nashville
"Pontoon," Little Big Town, Produced by Jay Joyce, Capitol Records Nashville
"Springsteen," Eric Church, Produced by Jay Joyce, EMI Records Nashville
Album of the Year (award goes to artist and producer(s))Chief, Eric Church, Produced by Jay Joyce, EMI Records Nashville
Four The Record, Miranda Lambert, Produced by Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay, and Glenn Worf, RCA Nashville
Home, Dierks Bentley, Produced by Brett Beavers, Luke Wooten, and Jon Randall Stewart, Capitol Records Nashville
Own The Night, Lady Antebellum, Produced by Paul Worley and Lady Antebellum, Capitol Records Nashville
tailgates & tanlines, Luke Bryan, Produced by Jeff Stevens and Mark Bright, Capitol Records Nashville
Song of the Year (award goes to songwriter(s))
"Even If It Breaks Your Heart," Will Hoge and Eric Paslay
"God Gave Me You," Dave Barnes
"Home," Dan Wilson, Brett Beavers, and Dierks Bentley
"Over You," Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton
"Springsteen," Eric Church, Ryan Tyndell, and Jeff Hyde
Female Vocalist of the Year
Male Vocalist of the Year
Vocal Group of the Year
Eli Young Band
Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band
Vocal Duo of the Year
Big & Rich
Love and Theft
The Civil Wars
Musical Event of the Year (award goes to each artist)
"Dixie Highway," Alan Jackson featuring Zac Brown, ACR/EMI Records Nashville
"Feel Like A Rock Star," Kenny Chesney (duet with Tim McGraw), Blue Chair Records/Columbia Nashville
"Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die," Willie Nelson with Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson, and Jamey Johnson, Legacy Recordings
"Safe & Sound," Taylor Swift (featuring The Civil Wars), Big Machine Records/Universal Republic Records
"Stuck On You," Lionel Richie (with Darius Rucker), Mercury Records Nashville
Musician of the Year
Sam Bush - Mandolin
Paul Franklin - Steel Guitar
Dann Huff - Guitar
Brent Mason - Guitar
Mac McAnally - Guitar
Music Video of the Year (award goes to artist and director)
"Come Over," Kenny Chesney, Directed by Shaun Silva
"Over You," Miranda Lambert, Directed by Trey Fanjoy
"Pontoon," Little Big Town, Directed by Declan Whitebloom
"Red Solo Cup," Toby Keith, Directed by Michael Salomon
"Springsteen," Eric Church, Directed by Peter Zavadil
New Artist of the Year
Love and Theft
"From country music legends, to cross-format favorites, to current superstars, and an exciting crop of artists who have jumped to that next level – the 2012 CMA Awards are going to be an exciting evening of entertainment for any fan of great music and memorable performances," added Moore.