As a reminder, the eligibility for the 2018 CMAs are from July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018.
According to the CMA’s, this Award is based on individual musical performance on a solo album release. Award to artist.
Summary: Dierks Bentley released The Mountain, his ninth album this spring which includes top songs “Women, Amen” and “Burning Man.” Luke Combs re-released his debut album as a deluxe album and continued to crank out hits with “When It Rains It Pours,” “One Number Away,” and “She Got the Best of Me.” Thomas Rhett’s Life Changes album went Platinum and includes four #1 songs with “Sixteen” currently in the Top 15. Chris Stapleton released From A Room: Volume 2 which was certified Gold and includes the song “Millionaire.” Keith Urban released his latest album Graffiti U this spring which includes the smash hit “Coming Home” with Julia Michaels.
Our Pick: Thomas Rhett
Who We Think Will Win: Chris Stapleton