CMT Poll Predicts Carrie Underwood as Horizon Winner

Carrie Underwood is predicted to win the Horizon Award at the 40th annual CMA Awards, according to a poll commissioned by CMT. In a telephone survey of 1,002 adults 18 and older, 47 percent of the respondents chose Underwood over the other four new acts nominated for the coveted honor. “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” a No. 1 hit for Underwood, is predicted to win song of the year as the top choice of 26 percent of the respondents. Additionally, 29 percent of those surveyed picked Alan Jackson as male vocalist of the year, and 33 percent selected his gospel project, Precious Memories, as album of the year. Other predicted winners include Kenny Chesney (entertainer of the year) and Faith Hill (female vocalist). In an unofficial category, 24 percent of those contacted chose Brooks & Dunn as the country act they would most like to invite over for coffee. Brooks & Dunn host the CMA Awards show Monday night (Nov. 6) on ABC.