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article imageOp-Ed: 2014 Grammy predictions for 'Best Country Solo Performance'

By Markos Papadatos     Dec 31, 2013 in Entertainment
Five songs by some of country's finest solo artists are in the running for the 2014 Grammy award for "Best Country Solo Performance."
The nominees include Lee Brice's "I Drive Your Truck," Hunter Hayes' "I Want Crazy," Miranda Lambert's "Mama's Broken Heart," Darius Rucker's "Wagon Wheel" and Blake Shelton's "Mine Would Be You."
Analysis: While I am a fan of all five nominated performers, "Mama's Broken Heart" is arguably one of the weakest Miranda Lambert songs that I have heard in a while. Darius Rucker does a fine cover of Old Crow Medicine Show's "Wagon Wheel," thus making it his own. Blake Shelton gives a stunning vocal performance on "Mine Would Be You," Lee Brice gives a spell-binding powerhouse vocal on "I Drive Your Truck" and Hunter Hayes delivers on his fun, upbeat single "I Want Crazy." Rucker (as part of Hootie and the Blowfish) and Lambert have both won Grammy awards throughout their careers.
Who Should Win: I would love for either Hunter Hayes or Lee Brice to win the Grammy award in this category. A Blake Shelton win would be fine too.
Who Will Win: It would be nice to see Blake Shelton win his first Grammy award this year. He is long-overdue for this honor, especially after many nominations and many Grammy voters know him from The Voice. He is the reigning CMA "Male Vocalist of the Year" and "Mine Would Be You" is one of his best songs that I have heard in a while, that voters cannot ignore. Otherwise, it may be his wife, Miranda Lambert, who is equally popular in the music business.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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