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Best Country Solo Performance
"Dirt Road Anthem" - Jason Aldean
"I'm Gonna Love You Through It" - Martina McBride
"Honey Bee" - Blake Shelton
"Mean" - Taylor Swift
"Mama's Song" - Carrie Underwood
This brand new category combines the previously genderized Country Vocal Performance and Country Instrumental Performance slots. (Shows you just what voters think of instrumental...)
Martina McBride never has had much luck here. Carrie Underwood took three home over three, consecutive years. Taylor Swift had Best Country Female Performance two years ago. Interestingly, it was Miranda Lambert who won last year, and now her husband is up against "rival" Taylor Swift in this co-ed cat.
Jason Aldean's "Road" was a runaway commercial hit but may polarize voters with that whole "rapping" thing -- this is for "country performance," after all. "Honey Bee" and "Mama's Song" are superior compositions overall, but there will be no curbing the desire to solicit crossover star Taylor Swift's *SURPRISED* face at the podium.
What will win: "Mean," Taylor Swift
What should win: "Honey Bee," Blake Shelton