2018 CMA Awards Preview: Entertainer of the Year

As a reminder, the eligibility for the 2018 CMAs are from July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018. 

According to the CMA’s, this Award is for the act displaying the greatest competence in all aspects of the entertainment field. Voter should give consideration not only to recorded performance, but also to the in-person performance, staging, public acceptance, attitude, leadership, and overall contribution to the Country Music image. Award to artist.

JASON ALDEAN

LUKE BRYAN

KENNY CHESNEY

CHRIS STAPLETON

KEITH URBAN

Summary: There is no denying that all the nominees are deserving of this award. Consideration of the award is not only given to record performance, but the in-person stage performance, attitude, leadership, contribution to the country music image and public acceptance. Kenny Chesney was back on the road, for his “Trip Around the Sun” tour, which became his highest grossing tour to date, selling 1.289 million tickets. He also released his album Songs for the Saints which became his 16th number one album, and also gave Chesney his 30th number one single, with “Get Along.” Fresh off his fourth straight number one album, Rearview Town, Jason Aldean made a 34 city summer tour, while stringing together a couple of number one hits, “You Make It Easy” and “Drowns the Whiskey.” Luke Bryan, who used to open for Aldean, is no stranger to headlining his own tour, as 2018 marked his sixth year on a headlining tour. He became the first country artist to have concert be held at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The tour, What Makes You Country, is named after his sixth number one studio album which produced hit singles such as “Light it Up,” “Most People Are Good,” and “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset.” The latter two of reached number one on the charts. Keith Urban also had a busy year, releasing his 10th album GraffitiU which peaked at number two on the Billboard 200, and reached number one on the Top Country Albums chart. He also went on tour this year and gave fans a taste of the new album with hit songs such as “Female,” “Parallel Line,” and “Coming Home.” 2018 also gave us the very first solo and headlining tour from Chris Stapleton. What began in May of 2017 came to an end at the beginning of November 2018. The “All-American Road Show” highlights Stapleton’s latest projects: From a Room: Volume 1 and From a Room: Volume 2.

Our Pick: Kenny Chesney

Who We Think Will Win: Jason Aldean