As a reminder, the eligibility for the 2018 CMAs are from July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018.
According to the CMA’s, This Award goes to the artist and producer. The Award is for a Country album as a whole unit as defined by the Billboard Album charts. The album should be judged on all aspects including, but not limited to, artist’s performance,
musical background, engineering, packaging, design, art, layout and liner notes. At least 75% of the recordings on the album must have first achieved national prominence during the eligibility period.
FROM A ROOM: VOLUME 2 – CHRIS STAPLETON
GOLDEN HOUR – KACEY MUSGRAVES
GRAFFITI U – KEITH URBAN
LIFE CHANGES – THOMAS RHETT
THE MOUNTAIN – DIERKS BENTLEY
Summary: Life Changes and Graffiti U seem to be the most diverse albums. Fans of all genres can find something to like on each of these albums. From authentic country, to Top 40, to 80s rock, it’s all there to be enjoyed under the umbrella of country music. Golden Hour may be Musgraves’ most personal album, straying from the traditional sounding country of her first albums. This album has more of a 70s vibe that Rolling Stone describes as “less campfire kumbaya and more late night soundtrack for getting stoned.” Bentley’s ninth album The Mountain became more of a storybook with each song a chapter. It is arguably the most creative project of Bentley’s who turned the focus to the art of the song, rather than a song’s marketability. Stapleton continues to give fans what they want, with From A Room: Volume 2; a traditional country sound with the southern rock flare and killer vocals.
Our Choice: Life Changes – Thomas Rhett
Who We Think Will Win: From A Room: Volume 2 – Chris Stapleton