Musician of the Year
The best pluckers, plinkers and sliders of Nashville will all try to strum up a win on Wednesday night. Dann Huff (guitar), Jerry Douglas (dobro), Mac McAnally (guitar), Paul Franklin (steel guitar) and Sam Bush (mandolin) are each up for the honor.
Who Will Win: Vince Gill's collaboration with Paul Franklin, Bakersfield, was a pot of gold for traditional country music fans, and it gave the steel guitar master a high-profile showcase for his craft. Expect him to head to the stage, taking the crown back from Mac McAnally, who scored at last year's show.
Who Should Win: Paul Franklin is an industry icon, and he is, in every way, a worthy recipient.