Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift Kick Off Awards Season

Some people may think that there are too many awards shows. But as a devout country fan, I tend to think there aren’t enough. So even when an awards show isn’t solely about country music, I always look for the country moments.

On Wednesday night’s (Jan. 8) People’s Choice Awards, Tim McGraw was one such moment. He won favorite country music icon, beating out some very worthy competitors — Alan Jackson, George Strait, Toby Keith and Willie Nelson.

Then Taylor Swift won favorite country artist, a category where she was up against The Band Perry, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood and Lady Antebellum. And while he wasn’t nominated for a People’s Choice award, Brad Paisley was there to perform his new single “Mona Lisa.”

But the even better news is that these little country moments are just beginning now that awards season is officially in full swing.

Taylor Swift is nominated for a Golden Globe, again. Her song “Safe and Sound” from the The Hunger Games was up for one last year. This year, “Sweeter Than Fiction”– her contribution to the movie One Chance — is up for best original song. The awards show airs Sunday (Jan. 12).

And I’m pretty confident that McGraw will win something when the Grammy Awards show airs Jan. 26 because he has two nominations. His Two Lanes of Freedom is a contender for best country album. He’s also nominated for best country duo/group performance for “Highway Don’t Care,” his hit single with Swift and Keith Urban.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.