Well. We've arrived at the last category in this series. If you recall from my introductory post, I decided against making a pick for Musician of the Year. Mainly because I'm not familiar enough with a couple of the musicians nominated and knew I wouldn't be able to come up with much to say about them. And that didn't seem fair. It's easier to write about artists you don't know too well than it is to write about musicians. Why that is, I'm not sure. Most people seem to be calling this for Mac McAnally (guitarist) and I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that he's won it for the past four years. Not a bad track record, I'd say! My love of the steel guitar makes me hope that Paul Franklin might take this one. But honestly, all five of the men nominated would deserve it. I don't have to know all of their playing well to know that they all deserve it because I know how strong the talent pool is in Nashville. These five gentlemen being chosen out of all of the fantastic musicians eligible means something.
Now, time to focus on Music Video. Starting off with the list of nominees:
"Come Over" by Kenny Chesney, directed by Shaun Silva
"Over You" by Miranda Lambert, directed by Trey Fanjoy
"Pontoon by Little Big Town, directed by Declan Whitebloom
"Red Solo Cup" by Toby Keith, Michael Salomon
"Springsteen" by Eric Church, directed by Peter Zavadil
My pick for Music Video of the Year? "Springsteen" by Eric Church, directed by Peter Zavadil.