Let me premise with what you're about to read by stating that I love Blake Shelton, not only as a country artist, but also as an entertainer and all around great guy who has helped many up and coming artists gain a foothold in the music business.

But after watching the CMA's, I must disagree with some of the winners in the various categories, primarily the 'Entertainer of the Year' category. Even Blake was surprised by his win.

To understand the decision for award winners, you first have to understand the voting process and subsequent criteria in each of the categories. The Country Music Association lays it out pretty clearly: CMA Balloting and Criteria.

Not taking anything away from Blake, I do disagree with the criteria for the Entertainer of the Year category. Here's how the CMA spells it out:


"This Award is for the act displaying the greatest competence in all aspects of the entertainment field. Voter should give consideration not only to recorded performance, but also to the in-person performance, staging, public acceptance, attitude, leadership, and overall contribution to the Country Music image. Award to artist."

I believe the award should go to those who grind out more in the course of a year in the way of 'in-person' performances (concerts), and recorded accomplishments that lead to charting singles. The rest of the criteria should be relegated to categories such as 'Lifetime Achievement.'

I'd like to hear who you would have voted for as CMA's 'Entertainer of the Year.'