POLL: Who Should Win Single of the Year at the 2016 CMA Awards?
With so many stellar singles in 2016, it's a surprise that the CMA was able to just pick five to nominate for the coveted award for Single of the Year. But pick they did, and the nominated songs are certainly deserving.
Thomas Rhett penned a sweet ballad for his wife, while Maren Morris wrote a love letter of her own -- but not to a person. Eric Church celebrated music geeks everywhere, Chris Stapleton admitted that it's all his fault, and Tim McGraw just wanted everyone to follow the Golden Rule. But whatever the premise, the fact remains: This year's Single of the Year nominees are going up against some pretty heavy hitters. Who do you think will take home the trophy at the 2016 CMA Awards?
When Stapleton played "Nobody to Blame" during his Saturday Night Live debut, the single was already a hit thanks to its bluesy vibe, tight harmonies and mini-jam session as the song closes out. And when the song won Song of the Year during April's ACM Awards, the sleeper hit from Stapleton's debut album Traveller became a bona fide winner. Will "Nobody to Blame" take home its second big win at the CMA Awards?
Taking a decidedly more optimistic approach to love, Rhett's "Die a Happy Man" is also nominated for Single of the Year in 2016. The song, co-written by Rhett, was inspired by his relationship with his wife, Lauren, and written for her. With sweet lyrics such as, “If I never get see the Eiffel Tower at night / Oh, if all I got is your hand in my hand / Baby, I could die a happy man,” the single and it's too-cute music video featuring the real-life couple was a shoe-in for The Boot's fan-voted Golden Boot Awards Music Video of the Year. Do you think it will win Single of the Year, too?
A sweet homage to music lovers who get left behind, Church's "Record Year" is also up for Single of the Year at the 2016 CMAs. Church waxes poetic about the power of music to heal a broken heart, but the focus of "Record Year" is more on the artists who define us than the relationships that end. Referencing everyone from Willie Nelson to Stevie Wonder, "Record Year" celebrates the classics while becoming a classic itself.
The only female artist to be nominated for Single of the Year year, Morris gets a nod for "My Church." Although Morris may start out in front of a chapel in the song's music video, listeners quickly learn that it's not in that building that she finds sanctuary, but in her car, driving with the radio volume turned up. With sharp vocals and soulful melodies, "My Church" shows off Morris' beyond-her-years musical talent and is a strong contender this award.
And then there's McGraw. His 2016 hit "Humble and Kind" is more than just a good song -- it's one that the artist says "needed to be heard." The track is a heartfelt tune about human connection and the call to be kind to one another, written from the point of view of a parent sending their child into the world. "Humble and Kind" is an instant classic and may just take home the trophy for Single of the Year this year.
Who should win Single of the Year at the 2016 CMA Awards? You can vote in the poll below as often as once an hour until 11:59PM ET on Oct. 31. We’ll compile the results for our readers vs. staff predictions the following day (Nov. 1).
The 2016 CMA Awards are set to air live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 2 on ABC at 8PM ET.
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