The Beats Beer Bonfires Country Album of the Year Award got filled with some bullshit nominees this year. It also had one stand-alone true deserver to win. To get qualified for the chart, the album had to be a #1 album on the Billboard top country albums chart for at least 1 week. It also had to get released in that calendar year. Let me clear one thing up, the Taylor Swift dilemma. Yes, I understand that Red and Fearless didn’t come out last year. Yes, I understand all she did was rename them Taylor’s Version. Yes, I understand she is selling them to millions of idiots who are pretending that they are doing some justice to Taylor by buying old albums again. Yes, I understand that she released deluxe albums. BUT, I trust you the followers not to vote for these albums. I wanted to not allow Taylor fans to bitch about how we didn’t include her. So instead, I did include her and got the satisfaction of watching her lose.
The other two nominees each come with some controversy. “Dangerous: The Double Album” didn’t get flowers from the mainstream last year. You might remember Morgan Wallen getting canceled for no reason. That came about a month after the release of his fantastic album. “Star Crossed” by Kacey Musgraves wasn’t considered a country album by the Grammy’s. Then after public backlash that changed. Then it wasn’t country than it was. I’m not going to try and distinguish what the album is. You guys reading and voting know what country is, so who am I to force my opinion on the situation. And the winner is…
Morgan Wallen dominated the category. In reality, he didn’t even have competition, we all know Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves are pop. “Dangerous” was a mega 30 song double album, filled with something for everyone. “Dangerous” featured everything from slow heartbreak songs, like “Sand in My Boots.” Then it had rowdy drinking songs like “Beer Don’t.” It features radio hits like “More than my Hometown” and everything in-between. He had a big-name duet with Chris Stapleton. He has big-name writers with Eric Church, Hardy, Thomas Rhett, and Ernest on it. Congratulations to Morgan Wallen on winning the 2022 Beats Beer Bonfires Album of the Year Award!
I also wanted to do an honorable mentions section for all the people bitching about what I missed. Cody Johnson released a fantastic album release with “Human.” Thomas Rhett’s “Country Again Side A” was great. Justin Moore released “Straight Outta the Country.” Eric Church had a triple album in “Heart & Soul,” and that’s the tip of the iceberg. For a complete list, click here. Next year, we are considering redoing the criteria for this award. While I still believe Morgan Wallen would’ve won, I don’t feel the best 4 country albums received a nomination. Let us know what you think below!