The 2014 CMA Awards are looming, and there are so many exciting categories -- ranging from Entertainer of the Year to Single of the Year to Musician of the Year. The latter category stands alone as one that focuses specifically on the people behind the country stars -- the talented musicians who focus on a specific instrument.

Nominees for Musician of the Year this year include Sam Bush (mandolin), Jerry Douglas (dobro), Paul Franklin (steel guitar), Dann Huff (guitar) and Mac McAnally (guitar).

McAnally, a member of Jimmy Buffett's backing band, the Coral Reefer Band, is a favorite in the race: He's won seven consecutive Musician of the Year awards and is incredibly well known in the industry.

But, there are other talented guys up for the prize. Huff's experiences ranges from playing guitar for Madonna and Michael Jackson to teaming up with Keith Urban for his last six albums. Douglas is a world-renowned dobro player -- and there aren't many who have that claim to fame -- with 13 Grammy Awards to prove it.

Franklin is a multi-instrumentalist known for his steel guitar work. He has played on more than 500 albums, and the Academy of Country Music has named him Best Steel Guitarist numerous times; his talent is a force to be reckoned with. Finally, Kentucky-born Bush also has a career full of accolades -- perhaps most significantly, he's known as the originator of the "newgrass" style. Kentucky legislation names Bowling Green the birthplace of newgrass and Bush the father of newgrass.

Who should win Musician of the Year at the 2014 CMA Awards? Vote below as often as once an hour until the end of the day on Sunday, Nov. 2. We’ll tabulate the results and use them for our 2014 CMA Awards winners predictions the week before the show.