Female Vocalist of the Year
This one's a race between category regulars Martina McBride and Carrie Underwood, dark horse Kacey Musgraves, darker horse (read: pop diva) Taylor Swift, and Miranda Lambert, who has won the last four years in a row.
Who Will Win: It's looking likely that Miranda Lambert will score a fifth straight victory as she continues her reign as country music's current queen. Her new album, Platinum, topped the all-genre chart earlier this year, and her status as half of country's most famous couple has kept her in the good graces of both fans and voters.
Who Should Win: It's hard to argue with Lambert's success. And it's hard to argue for Carrie Underwood or Kacey Musgraves when they didn't release an album in the past year to go up against Platinum. With Taylor Swift having officially removed herself from country music, Lambert's path to victory is clear.