Who Will Win/ Who Should Win: With three consecutive No. 1 hits and more than 3 million copies of her debut album sold in a matter of months, Carrie Underwood is a shoo-in for the Horizon Award.
The Nominees: Brad Paisley featuring Dolly Parton, "When I Get Where I'm Going"; Faith Hill featuring Tim McGraw, "Like We Never Loved at All"; Brooks & Dunn featuring Sheryl Crow and Vince Gill, "Building Bridges"; Gretchen Wilson featuring Merle Haggard, "Politically Incorrect"; Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, "Who Says You Can't Go Home."
Who Will Win: Brad Paisley featuring Dolly Parton. Both artists have previous wins in this category, and the Country Music Association likes to keep it in the family with this award honoring two of their own rather than an rock or pop act.
Who Should Win: Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland's collaboration on "Who Says You Can't Go Home" put the rock act at No. 1 on the country charts, and that's an event in itself.
The Nominees: Big & Rich, "8th of November"; Brooks & Dunn, "Believe"; Carrie Underwood, "Jesus Take the Wheel"; Miranda Lambert, "Kerosene"; Brad Paisley & Dolly Parton, "When I Get Where I'm Going."
Who Will Win/ Who Should Win: This award has typically gone to the most innovative or fun clip, and Miranda Lambert's "Kerosene" fits both those bills with her tongue-in-cheeck performance as an arsonist.