Merle Haggard passed away on April 6th, and it has taken just about 20 days for people to try to politicize his death.
The good folks at NARAS know how to keep things interesting, producing yet another diverse crop of nominees in the general, country, and country-adjacent fields.
Here are the personal picks from some of our contributing staff, along with who we predict will take home the gold tomorrow.
We just kind of can’t with this year’s ACM nominees.
… And we’re back!
The upper half of our albums list reflects the revitalization of country music in 2015, courtesy of mostly younger artists with fresh perspectives in their lyrics and arrangements. There is still a legend or two in the mix, but if this year has proven anything, it’s that the genre’s future is in good hands.
Our singles list concludes with strong entries from new artists, established superstars, and alternative country stalwarts.