- I liked that Karen Peck Gooch was recognized for her songwriting abilities as well as vocal this year. She had several great cuts on Revival.
- I was pleased to see Amber Thompson nominated in overall female vocalist.
- So good to see Hope Bowling pick up two nominations including one for alto!
- I was a little surprised to see Tim Riley nominated for favorite bass, just because he hasn't traveled for much of the year. I think it speaks to how much fan support he has, his ability and the legacy he has in the industry. (I think the same was true for Tracy Stuffle a few years ago.)
- I was a little surprised not to see Melissa Brady's name. With her singing full-time now and her having several songwriting cuts lately, I think her name deserved to be somewhere in there.
- I would have liked to have seen 11th Hour's album Picture This nominated. To me, it was one of the top projects of the year.
- I was a little surprised to see the Kingdom Heirs' "The Joys of Heaven" with the song nomination when "I'll Know I'm Home" was the song that had the most chart success for them.
It's interesting that the reigning lead and baritone are now in the same category (Ronnie Booth and Jim Brady), so baritone is one category that will definitely change.
At what point does a group stop being eligible for a new category? This is not a criticism of nominations, just a question as to whether this is outlined somewhere. I do feel like many of the nominations for trio and group have been around a while.
For male and female vocalist, there were only three changes total in the nominations from last year. And for favorite artist there were only two changes. As much as I like surprises, it does speak to the stability of artists and the industry for the nominations to be as consistent as they are. And to be honest, there are several soloists and quartets that I had not heard of before.
So what do you think? Any surprises, snubs or thoughts on nomination differences from years past?