As always, the nominees in the category for Male Vocalist of the Year at the CMA music awards are the best of the best in terms of musicality, performance, and heck, maybe even looks. With each of these men having great success in album sales and out on the road, it’s hard to predict which one will be blessed with the title of best country male vocalist. The category welcomes first-time male vocalist nominee Jason Aldean, as well as Kenny Chesney’s first nomination for male vocalist since 2009. Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton each return to the category with great success under their belts in 2011. Who will be the country heart-throb taking home this much sought-after title?
2011 proved to be a huge year for Jason, as indicated by his first-ever nomination for Male Vocalist of the Year. His 2010 CD My Kinda Party has remained the top-selling Country album this year to date. With several hits on this record, Jason dominated country radio with songs such as “My Kinda Party” and “Dirt Road Anthem”. No doubt, his most popular single to hit country radio this year, and even cross over to mainstream radio, was “Don’t You Wanna Stay”, a powerful duet with Kelly Clarkson – a song that also received a nomination for Musical Event of the Year. Perhaps most notably, Jason’s nomination for Entertainer of the Year at this year’s show proves that he is, in fact, worthy of being nominated alongside veterans in this category.
His current single “Tattoos On This Town” continues to rise up the country charts.
Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year winner Brad Paisley undoubtedly had a positive year. His 5 nominations at this year’s ceremony indicates that he continues to build on to his previous successes. Brad released his ninth album earlier this year titled This Is Country Music. The artist teamed up with other big names such as Sheryl Crow, Blake Shelton and Carrie Underwood on this album, which debuted at number two on the Billboard 200. During 2011, Brad performed throughout the U.S. on his “H20 II tour”. His current hit “Remind Me”, a duet with Carrie Underwood, was certified gold in the U.S. in August. Will the returning co-host for the show be lucky enough to capitalize on last year’s success and take home the title of Male Vocalist?
With 5 nominations and as last year’s Male Vocalist of the Year, Blake has obviously had the best year of his career. 2011 saw the release of his album Red River Blue, led by the single “Honey Bee”; certified gold only seven weeks after its release, Blake set a new record for the fastest gold certification by a male country singer. In addition, Blake appeared as a coach on the hit show The Voice. Perhaps one of his biggest highlights this year was his marriage to country star Miranda Lambert. The singer also appears on the soundtrack for the remake of Footloose. With his current single “God Gave Me You” near the top of the charts, Blake definitely serves as a serious contender for this award.
Country crooner Kenny Chesney, although a little out of the limelight, continued to prove his talents and abilities throughout 2011. His latest album Hemingway’s Whiskey was certified platinum recently, making it the tenth platinum album for Kenny. In addition, his “Goin’ Coastal” tour sold more than 1.3 million tickets this year, with the artist playing more than sixty shows throughout Canada and the United States. Last month, Kenny received the honour of co-headlining the iHeart Radio Festival in Las Vegas, the largest music event in radio history, alongside some of the biggest names in the music industry. His current single “You and Tequila” remains in the top ten songs on the country charts this week. Look for his next single “Reality” to hit country radio this week.
Six-time CMA award winner Keith Urban continued to prosper as a country music superstar this year. Keith released a deluxe version of his hit CD Get Closer. In addition, he brought his “Get Closer – World tour 2011″ to Canada, the U.S. and Australia. His two singles this year “Without You” and “Long Hot Summer” were at the top of the charts, with the latter going #1 in Canada just last month on country radio. 2011 brought Keith awards for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for “‘Til Summer Comes Around” at the Grammys and Choice Music: Male Country Artist at the Teen Choice Awards. To no surprise, Keith was named Hottest Guy of the year by People Country magazine. Perhaps his biggest success was receiving a star on the Music City Walk of Fame in May. Also a contender for Entertainer of the Year, Keith continues to prove that he is unstoppable and that his success is only going to flourish.
Tune in to see who will win Wednesday, November 9 at 8 p.m. on ABC!