2011 Country Music Awards: Breaking Down The Song Of The Year Nominees

The biggest night in Country Music is upon us. Tonight's 45th annual Country Music Awards features the biggest names in all of country music.

To prep for one of the year's biggest award shows, we've taken apart the Song of the Year nominees to help you decide a favourite for who should go home with the hardware.

'Colder Weather' 

Written by Zac Brown, Wyatt Durrette, Levi Lowrey, and Coy Bowles

You're a lover I'm a runner   /   We go 'round 'n 'round   /   And I love you but I leave you   /   I don't want you but I need you   /   

Love doesn't always work. Sometimes it's timing. Sometimes it's location. "Colder Weather" tells the story of two lovers, one ready to settle down and another who can't commit, in this heartbreaking Song of the Year contender.

'Dirt Road Anthem' 

Written by Brantley Gilbert and Colt Ford

Memory lane up in the headlights   /   Has got me reminiscing on them good times   /   I'm turning off a real live drive and that's right   /   I'm hitting easy street on mud tires, let's ride   / 

Outside the city limits, that old country dirt road can be the perfect break from the high-paced stresses of big-city life. The Dirt Road Anthem is the anthem for those looking for that peaceful dirt road serenity. This ode to a relaxing drive could end up wheeling away with the hardware tonight.

'If I Die Young'  

Written by Kimberly Perry

If I die young, bury me in satin   /   Lay me down on a bed of roses   /   Sink me in the river at dawn   /   Send me away with the words of a love song   / 

"If I Die Young" acts as a last will and testament of sorts, detailing Kimberly Perry's wishes for her funeral if she were to pass away before her time. Who would've thought a song about death could be so sad yet so pretty at the same time? Consider this one a favourite.


Written by Taylor Swift

Someday I'll be living in a big old city   /   And all you're ever gonna be is mean   /   Someday I'll be big enough so you can't hit me   /   And all you're ever gonna be is mean   /   

"Mean," Taylor's musical indictment of Bully's everywhere, resonates with anyone that's ever been picked on. The lyrics are dead on in their assessment of the tell of how its often the bullies that have nothing going for them down the road. We'll wait and see if this underdog opus can take home the big prize.

'You and Tequila' 

Written by Matraca Berg and Deana Carter

'Cause you and Tequila make me crazy   /   Run like poison in my blood   /   One more night could kill me, baby   /   One is one too many, one more is never enough   / 

A toxic love is enough to handle as is, tequila aside. Matraca Berg and Deana Carter's lyrics tell of an addictive relationship built around booze, and the destruction and despair that results from it. Heavy subject matter, yes, but a beautiful song, no doubt.