From the go-to source for convention news, Kansas City's KTTS-FM, "Country's Best":
Kansas City is the only finalist in the Midwest. The others are Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, and Charlotte.
OK, since this info appears nowhere else on the web, maybe it's not definitive. In fact, another source claims there is a shortlist of four: Kansas City, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, and New Orleans.
We've always considered Las Vegas an unlikely host, due to the displacement of already booked conventions and revenues. And we find it hard to think Charlotte is up to raising all that money just 4 years later.
Here are the latest DCW posts on Kansas City, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, New Orleans, Charlotte and Phoenix.