Two country hits, one authentically country and one more pop than country, are also strong contenders. Miranda Lambert’s “Over You” reached #1 on the country chart and won a Country Music Assn. award for Song of the Year. Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” recently became her first #1 hit on the Hot 100. Swift was a Record of the Year finalist three years ago for “You Belong With Me.” As noted above, she’s co-hosting the nominations special.
(Little Big Town’s sexy shuffle “Pontoon,” which won the CMA award for Single of the Year, wasn’t entered for Record of the Year. Go figure.)