Swift's 2008 blockbuster Fearless won both Album of the Year and Best Country Album.
Three other past winners for Best Country Album, Lady Antebellum, Vince Gill and George Strait, also have albums in contention in that category this year, though they may be hard-pressed to make the final five.
Here are the likely nominees and runners-up for Best Country Album and in the two performance categories in the country field.
The eligibility year closed on Sept. 30. The awards will be presented on Jan. 26 at Staples Center.
Best Country Album
Luke Bryan's Crash My Party
Florida Georgia Line's Here's To The Good Times
Kacey Musgraves' Same Trailer Different Park
Taylor Swift's Red
Blake Shelton's Based On A True Story
Also possible: Lady Antebellum's Golden, Vince Gill & Paul Franklin's Bakersfield, George Strait's Love Is Everything, Glen Campbell's See You There, Sheryl Crow's Feels Like Home, Jason Aldean's Night Train, The Band Perry's Pioneer, Tim McGraw's Two Lanes Of Freedom, Pistol Annies' Annie Up, Darius Rucker's True Believers Randy Travis' Influences Vol. 1 The Man I Am, Kenny Chesney's Life On A Rock, Keith Urban's Fuse (Deluxe Version), Gary Allan's Set You Free, Brad Paisley's Wheelhouse, Willie Nelson's To All The Girls…, Various Artists, Alabama & Friends.
Best Country Solo Performance
The likely nominees:
Miranda Lambert's "Mama's Broken Heart"
Taylor Swift's "Begin Again"
Kacey Musgraves' "Merry Go 'Round"
Darius Rucker's "Wagon Wheel"
Luke Bryan's "That's My Kind Of Night"
Also possible: Carrie Underwood's "Two Black Cadillacs," Blake Shelton's "Mine Would Be You," Jason Aldean's "Night Train," George Strait's "Give It All We Got Tonight," Hunter Hayes' "I Want Crazy," Lee Brice's "I Drive Your Truck," Cassadee Pope's "Wasting All These Tears," Thomas Rhett's "It Goes Like This," Keith Urban's "Little Bit Of Everything," Tim McGraw's "One Of Those Nights," Sheryl Crow's "Easy," Tyler Farr's "Redneck Crazy" and Randy Houser's "Runnin' Outta Moonlight."
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
The likely nominees:
Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise"
The Band Perry's "Better Dig Two"
Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift & Keith Urban's "Highway Don't Care"
Keith Urban featuring Miranda Lambert's "We Were Us"
Lady Antebellum's "Downtown"
Also possible: Little Big Town's "Tornado," Kelly Clarkson featuring Vince Gill's "Don't Rush," The Civil Wars' "From This Valley," Thompson Square's "If I Didn't Have You," Eli Young Band's "Drunk Last Night," Gloriana's "Can't Shake You," Rascal Flatts' "Changed."
Who and what do you think will be nominated? Weigh in below.
- Arts & Entertainment
- Taylor Swift
- Keith Urban
- Lady Antebellum
- Carrie Underwood
- Vince Gill
- George Strait
- Tim McGraw
- Kacey Musgraves
- Blake Shelton