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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Male Vocalist of the Year
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Male Vocalist of the Year

Blake Shelton, who has taken home male vocalist honors for four years running, will compete against Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Keith Urban and Luke Bryan this time around.

Who Will Win: Blake Shelton has had a vice grip on this category ever since his role on The Voice turned him into a national superstar. But Luke Bryan has dominated the country world in the past year with smashes like "Drink a Beer," "Play It Again" and "Roller Coaster," and his Crash My Party album has continued his winning streak, selling over 2 million copies. Many were surprised Bryan didn't dethrone Shelton last year, but he may get to take a trip to the podium this time around.

Who Should Win: He's never reached the stratospheric heights of Shelton or Bryan, but Dierks Bentley has been a resonating presence in country music for over a decade now, creating sturdy tunes that are alternately heartfelt and fun-loving. His latest album, Riser, has only added to his appeal, and its singles have put him back on top of the charts. He'd make for a fun surprise victor.

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