CMA Awards 2014: Who Will (and Should) Win on Country's Big Night

We predict the victors in the largely unpredictable categories, plus make our case for who really deserves the high country honors

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Entertainer of the Year
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Entertainer of the Year

In this most prestigious honor of the night, last year's surprise victor, George Strait, will go for a repeat win against Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert.

Who Will Win: Though George Strait already got the legacy vote at last year's ceremony, his Cowboy Rides Away farewell tour was a star-studded affair that sold out across the country, and he just may pull off a double win. If he doesn't, look for Luke Bryan to score the honor, which he's already earned at the ACM Awards, due to the sheer size of his country music empire.

Who Should Win: So dire is the drought of solo female artists in country music that Miranda Lambert's status as a genre powerhouse is nothing short of astounding, and she's risen to the top thanks to her frank attitude and genuine storytelling ability. She's had a dynamite year on the charts and is a figurehead country music should be glad to have.

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