As a reminder, the eligibility for the 2018 CMAs are from July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018.
According to the CMA Awards, the criteria for Musical Event of the Year is as follows:
An event is defined as a collaboration of two or more people either or all of whom are known primarily as individual artists. They must have performed together, as a unit, on a single or album released domestically within the eligibility period with each artist prominently featured. Live performance events are not eligible. Award to each artist.
“BURNING MAN” – Dierks Bentley and Brothers Osborne
“DEAR HATE” – Maren Morris and Vince Gill
“DROWNS THE WHISKEY” – Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert
“EVERYTHING’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT” – Kenny Chesney and David Lee Murphy
“MEANT TO BE” – Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha
Summary: On paper, “Dear Hate” has the star power and the emotional message, but it never really caught on when it comes to radio spins. “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” and “Drowns the Whiskey” are good country songs but they’re not the songs that truly stick in your head. “Burning Man” is a great song that traditional country music fans can get behind while “Meant to Be” is the biggest, most played hit of the year that some would argue isn’t “true country.”
Our Pick: “Meant to Be” – Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha
The Winner Will Be: “Meant to Be” – Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha