Whiskey Riff’s “Stone Cold Locks” For The 2016 ACM Awards

Dierks Bentley holding a glass of beer next to a man holding a drink

The 2016 ACM Awards are going down in Vegas this Sunday and we’re bringing you our expert analysis and stone cold locks to take home the hardware.

I’ll admit, I have a historically bad track record making picks, (somewhere around 50%) but this year it’s time to turn it all around. Also, Luke & Dierks will be hosting, but with Whiskey Riff Steve live tweeting the whole time, you know who your real host is.

Tune in Sunday night for all the live action.

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Entertainer of the Year

I just can’t see how Luke doesn’t take it again this year. Bitch all you want, but Luke is an unbelievable entertainer.

Jason Aldean
Garth Brooks
Luke Bryan
Miranda Lambert
Eric Church

Male Vocalist of the Year

I think Church has a shot, but with the kind of breakout that Chris Stapleton is having, I figure it’s probably his category to lose. Let’s be honest, how can it not be Stapleton?

Jason Aldean
Eric Church
Brett Eldredge
Chris Stapleton
Dierks Bentley

Female Vocalist of the Year

I think this is the year that Carrie finally takes back the throne and rightfully so.

Kelsea Ballerini
Jana Kramer
Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Vocal Duo of the Year

I could see Joey + Rory winning the sympathy vote and as much as I think Maddie & Tae and Brothers Osborne are incredibly deserving, Florida Georgia Line is just on another level.

Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie + Tae
Joey + Rory

Vocal Group of the Year

Not even a discussion.

Eli Young Band
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts
Old Dominion
Zac Brown Band

Album of the Year

I’m a little curious as to how Chris Young snuck into this category but it’s a two horse race between Sam Hunt and Chris Stapleton. I don’t think Sam will take it this year, but if anyone deserves some serious consideration, it is Eric Church.

Eric Church, Mr. Misunderstood
Sam Hunt, Montevallo
Thomas Rhett, Tangled Up
Chris Young, I’m Comin’ Over
Chris Stapleton, Traveller

Video of the Year

I don’t really care to be honest.

“Biscuits,” Kacey Musgraves
“Burning House,” Cam
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
“Mr. Misunderstood,” Eric Church
“Riser,” Dierks Bentley

Song of the Year

“Burning House” could garner some consideration, but make no mistake, “Girl Crush” is definitely the front runner and likely winner.

“Burning House,” Cam
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town 
“Nobody To Blame,” Chris Stapleton
“Raise ‘Em Up,” Keith Urban Featuring Eric Church
“She Don’t Love You,”  Eric Paslay

Single Record of the Year

Same as above.

“Burning House,” Cam
“Buy Me a Boat,” Chris Janson
“Die a Happy Man,” Thomas Rhett
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
“I’m Comin’ Over,” Chris Young
“Take Your Time,” Sam Hunt

Vocal Event of the Year

This is another “psh” category. Gary Allan? C’mon man.

“Hangover Tonight,” Gary Allan (Feat. Chris Stapleton)
“Home Alone Tonight,” Luke Bryan (Feat. Karen Fairchild)
“Raise ‘Em Up,” Keith Urban (Feat. Eric Church)
“Smokin’ and Drinkin’,” Miranda Lambert (Feat. Little Big Town)
“Wild Child,” Kenny Chesney (Feat. Grace Potter)