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.
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.
Garth Brooks Luke Bryan
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?
Brett Eldredge Chris Stapleton
Female Vocalist of the Year
I think this is the year that Carrie finally takes back the throne and rightfully so.
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.
Dan + Shay Florida Georgia Line
Maddie + Tae
Joey + Rory
Vocal Group of the Year
Not even a discussion.
Eli Young Band Little Big Town
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)
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