The wait is officially over — its BBMAs week!
To get you excited for the show, CS Country is weighing in on this year’s nominees by sharing our thoughts on who we think will bring home an award in each of the country categories during the live telecast on May 1st.
2019 Billboard Music Awards: Celeb Secrets Winner Predictions
Leading the pack of country nominees are Dan + Shay with seven nominations this year. The duo also teamed up with host Kelly Clarkson earlier this month to reveal the nominees in top categories on the Today Show in New York City and are confirmed to perform for the telecast. Other notable country nominees include Kane Brown, Jason Aldean, Luke Combs, Kacey Musgraves, Carrie Underwood, Maren Morris, and Old Dominion, while for all-genre, Cardi B leads with a whopping 21 nominations this year, followed by Drake and Post Malone with seventeen, Travis Scott with twelve, XXXTENTACION with ten and Ariana Grande with nine. Click here to view a full list of nominees.
Hosted by Kelly Clarkson, the 2019 Billboard Music Awards air LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Wednesday, May 1st @ 8PM ET/PT on NBC. The show will also feature performances from Taylor Swift feat. Brendon Urie, Paula Abdul, BTS featuring Halsey, Ciara,Kelly Clarkson, Lauren Daigle, Dan + Shay, Halsey, Jonas Brothers, Tori Kelly, Khalid,, Madonna and Maluma and Panic! At The Disco, plus a special performance by 2019 ICON Award recipient, Mariah Carey.
Top Country Artist: Jason Aldean, Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line
WHO WE THINK WILL WIN: Dan + Shay’s latest album Dan + Shay is nothing short of phenomenal. With songs like “Tequila” and “Speechless,” the duo really have a knack at beautiful storytelling and making fans feel all the feels. After snagging multiple wins at the 54th ACM Awards earlier this month, a GRAMMY win and seven nominations at this year’s show, the duo proves to us that they are this year’s top country artist.
Top Country Male Artist: Jason Aldean, Kane Brown, Luke Combs
WHO WE THINK WILL WIN: Jason Aldean has won awards like crazy and we think this will be the next title he’ll add to the belt buckle. He was recently crowed ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade and with good reason! With years of consistent success and the constant ability to put out the some seriously good music, Aldean is more than deserving to be Billboard’s 2019 Top Country Male Artist.
Top Country Female Artist: Kacey Musgraves, Carrie Underwood, Maren Morris
WHO WE THINK WILL WIN: Yeehaw queen Kacey Musgraves deserves this award in every way possible. The country singer had a stellar year with the release of her album Golden Hour, winning awards left and right at all of this year’s top award shows. While Underwood and Morris also have had successful careers this year, Musgraves IS country’s top female artist, making her our pick for this category.
Top Country Duo/Group: Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Old Dominion
WHO WILL THINK WILL WIN: Have you ever heard an Old Dominion song that didn’t have extremely clever lyrics and that you didn’t feel like singing along to? Yeah, us either. Along with being exceptionally talented songwriters and performers, Old Dominion just has a way of putting fans in an instantly good mood with their light hearted, happy-go-lucky attitudes.
Top Country Tour: Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Shania Twain
WHO WE THINK WILL WIN: While Luke Bryan and Kenny Chesney can no doubt give fans the time of their lives during tour, Shania Twain is a country icon we’ve all been dying to have back on the stage! So it’s no surprise Twain brings an added level of excitement and nostalgia when she hits the road!
Top Country Album: Jason Aldean, Rearview Town; Kane Brown, Kane Brown; Luke Combs, This One’s For You; Dan + Shan, Dan + Shay; Carrie Underwood, Cry Pretty
WHO WE THINK WILL WIN: Again we have to go with Dan + Shay! Like we said earlier, the duo’s album Dan + Shay blew us away and was filled with such beautiful songwriting and storytelling, specifically ‘”Tequila!”
Top Country Song: Kane Brown “Heaven”; Luke Combs “She Got the Best of Me”; Dan + Shay “Speechless”; Dan + Shay “Tequila”; Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line “Meant to Be”
WHO WE THINK WILL WIN: “Tequila.” That’s it. That’s the prediction.