ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Nominees: Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Sugarland, Keith Urban.
Swift's pick: Chesney will and should win because he sold the most concert tickets and "he got his foot crushed on a lift and he played a two-hour show despite that. I think that says entertainer of the year all over it."
Bream's pick: Paisley put on a more creative, well-rounded and exciting show, but Chesney will capture this trophy for the third consecutive year.
BEST NEW ARTIST
Nominees: Jason Aldean, Rodney Atkins, Lady Antebellum, James Otto, Kellie Pickler.
Swift's pick: Pickler, who is one of her best friends, because it seems "some of those artists are older and some are brand new, and Kellie falls right in the middle."
Bream's pick: I predict Atkins because he had four No. 1 country hits in the past couple of years.
SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Nominees: "You're Gonna Miss This," Trace Adkins; "Don't Blink," Kenny Chesney; "Gunpowder and Lead," Miranda Lambert; "I Saw God Today," George Strait; "Stay," Sugarland.
Swift's pick: She loves both "Stay" and "I Saw God Today" because "those songs have the most incredible hooks. Both of them should and will [win]."
Bream's pick: I would vote for Lambert's explosive single, but the CMA voters will favor "Stay."
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Nominees: "Cowboy Town," Brooks & Dunn; "Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates," Kenny Chesney; "Good Time," Alan Jackson; "Troubadour," George Strait; "Carnival Ride," Carrie Underwood.
Swift's pick: She sides with "Troubadour" because "musically, George Strait stretched his boundaries and he put out a few music videos, which he usually doesn't do. When he does something magical like this album, it should be recognized."
Bream's pick: Voting against Strait for his melancholy CD is like rejecting God, apple pie and the American flag. But I will go out on a limb and forecast an Underwood triumph on the impetus of her CD's three No. 1 hits.