Every Country Hit You Should Know Before the 2015 CMA Awards
Kick up some dust with the year's nominees, including Blake Shelton, Kacey Musgraves, and more
For fans of the genre, the annual Country Music Association Awards (airing November 4 on ABC at 8/7c) are appointment viewing. Even if you only have a passing interest, the show provides a star-studded recap of what's happening in country right now and, usually, a few water cooler-worthy moments to discuss the next day too. So we've compiled a workout playlist that'll get you moving and prepped for the broadcast at once.
The list below kicks off with a rallying cry from Miranda Lambert and winds down with a festive track from Kenny Chesney. The songs in the middle aren't your typical workout tunes-they emphasize narratives over beats. To that end, you're unlikely to lose yourself in the rhythm, but you may very well find yourself swept up in the stories.
While everything in the list below is rooted in country, there's still plenty of variety with crossover acts like Little Big Town crossing paths with traditionalists like Chris Stapleton. Between the two, there's Kacey Musgraves-who's held her own while touring with Katy Perry and shooting videos with Willie Nelson. So if you want to mix up your routine while previewing this year's CMAs, here our 10 of our picks, organized by the category in which they were nominated.
Entertainer of the Year
Music Video of the Year
Musical Event of the Year
Album of the Year
New Artist of the Year
Vocal Duo of the Year
Vocal Group of the Year
Male Vocalist of the Year
Female Vocalist of the Year
Song of the Year
To find more workout songs, check out the free database at Run Hundred. You can browse by genre, tempo, and era to find the best songs to rock your workout.