POLL: Who Should Win Musician of the Year at the 2017 CMA Awards?
The 2017 CMA Awards will take place on Nov. 8, but before the stars align at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena for the 51st annual event, The Boot wants to know who our readers think will go home with the awards in each of the show's 12 categories. We've rounded up the details on all of the nominees, from Musician of the Year to Entertainer of the Year, and we want your input.
The Musician of the Year category nominees at the 2017 CMA Awards are five of country music's most talented contributors, which is saying a lot.
Jerry Douglas is nominated in the category for the fourth consecutive year; in addition to being the name associated with the dobro, Douglas has earned numerous IBMA Awards, both as a solo player and with, among others, the Earls of Leicester. Paul Franklin, meanwhile, returns to the list of Musician of the Year nominees for another year; he has played with everyone from Alan Jackson to Megadeth and has been named Steel Guitar Player of the Year by the Academy of Country Music.
Reigning CMA Musician of the Year Dann Huff is back in the running in 2017, for his work across genres with artists that include Madonna, Michael Jackson and Keith Urban. But with 10 overall wins and eight consecutive Musician of the Year awards to his name, Mac McAnally is no stranger to this category either. While he didn't get a nomination last year, he's kept plenty busy, writing songs in addition to playing with Jimmy Buffett‘s backing band, the Coral Reefer Band, and releasing his own album in 2015.
Derek Wells is the final Musician of the Year nominee on the list in 2017; he returns for the second year in a row. Wells has played on albums for artists such as Chris Janson, Blake Shelton, Jana Kramer, Thomas Rhett, Brett Eldredge, Maddie & Tae, Ashley Monroe and Darius Rucker, to name a few.
Who do you think should win Musician of the Year at the 2017 CMA Awards? Vote in the poll below as often as once per hour through the end of the day on Nov. 5; The Boot will use the answers in our readers vs. staff predictions a few days prior to the ceremony.
The 2017 CMA Awards are scheduled to air on ABC on Nov. 8, at 8PM ET; the ceremony will take place live at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will host the ceremony for the 10th year in a row.
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