Can Brad Paisley make it six in a row? The singer had one of the top songs in 2011 with 'Remind Me,' and his performance as co-host of the CMA Awards injected life into a broadcast that seemed out of jokes for a couple of years. He's becoming country music's next Vince Gill, a face that fans will always appreciate seeing on stage.

He will win if: Voters aren't sick of him. Five in a row is an amazing feat, and with new male talent nominated in Shelton, Young and Aldean, this could be the year the torch gets passed. This isn't to say he hasn't had a year worthy of winning, however. Paisley is still very much a country music A-lister.