2018 CMA Awards Preview: Single of the Year

As a reminder, the eligibility for the 2018 CMAs are from July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018. 

According to the CMAs, Single of the Year is for individual tracks only. This category will include both digital releases as well as physical releases. The track must have reached the Top 50 of Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart, Country Aircheck Chart or Music Row Country Breakout Chart for the first time during the eligibility period. If the single charted in the Top 50 on the above charts and was released prior to the eligibility period but achieved its highest chart position during the eligibility period, it is eligible unless it has previously appeared on a Final Ballot in this category.

2018 Nominees: 

“BROKEN HALOS” – Chris Stapleton


“DROWNS THE WHISKEY” – Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert

“MEANT TO BE” – Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha

“TEQUILA” – Dan + Shay

Summary: It’s often confusing as to what the difference is between “Single of the Year” and “Song of the Year.” “Song of the Year” is geared toward the lyrics and songwriter, while “Single of the Year” is more about the song and its success. Usually, there is some overlap. “Broken Halos” was nominated in 2017 for the same CMA Award and won a Grammy for Best Country Song. Digitally it sold over 550,000 downloads. Midland’s “Drinkin’ Problem” reached Top 5 in both the US Country Airplay and US Hot Country Songs charts. Written by Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, this song was released in early 2017. “Drowns the Whiskey” is Jason Aldean’s 19th and Miranda Lambert’s 5th No. 1 on the Country Airplay chart. Perhaps the biggest song of the last year, “Meant to Be” has been No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country chart since December 16, 2017. Absolute Smash. “Tequila” has been Dan + Shay’s most successful single, even getting airtime on pop stations.

Our Pick: “Meant to Be” – Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha

The Winner Will Be: “Meant to Be” – Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha