CMA song cat­e­gories hard to pre­dict

The Tribune (SLO) - - Espresso -

The con­test for the year’s best coun­try songs is just around the cor­ner at the Coun­try Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion Awards.

The two cat­e­gories, song and sin­gle of the year, look sim­i­lar with three songs nom­i­nated in both, but the writ­ers be­hind the hits say th­ese awards are hard to pre­dict.

Nom­i­nees in­clude Bebe Rexha and Florida Ge­or­gia Line’s “Meant to Be,” a pop song that be­came a mon­ster coun­try hit; coun­try songs that went pop like Dan + Shay’s “Tequila” and Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road”; ames­sage song for the #MeToo era and of course, drink­ing songs.

Song­writer-pro­ducer and nom­i­nee Shane McA­nally called the song of the year cat­e­gory a five-way race with no clear leader.

The CMA Awards will air live Wed­nes­day.

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