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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Vocal Group of the Year
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Vocal Group of the Year

Eli Young Band, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, the Band Perry and Zac Brown Band will go head-to-head for top group honors.

Who Will Win: Little Big Town have taken this category for the past two years and are arguably the critical favorite here, but if anyone can give the quartet in this category a run for their money, it's the trio. Lady Antebellum have made a big career comeback, and voters have likely taken notice. "Compass" and "Bartender" both reached Number One at country radio, and the group's appealing harmonies and genuine likability keep them thriving.

Who Should Win: Zac Brown Band continues to release music that is rich, resonant and a refreshing change of pace from everything else in mainstream country. Their EP, The Grohl Sessions, Vol. 1, produced by Foo Fighters leading man Dave Grohl, contains lush musicianship and soaring vocals.

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