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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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.

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