Whiskey Riff Picks The 2017 ACM Award Winners

The 2017 ACM Award winners we be announced live this coming Sunday and we’re giving you an early look at our stone cold locks to take home some hardware.

Maren Morris, Jon Pardi and Brothers Osborne already snagged wins in their respective “New Artist” categories, but we’re calling the rest of the winners right here, right now.

and the winner is…

Entertainer of the Year

Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Florida Georgia Line
Carrie Underwood
Keith Urban – winner

Luke is the clear favorite, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say this is the year Keith finally snags it. His live show is just unreal. Aldean, Luke and FGL continue to have dynamite stadium success, but I think the ACM’s are going to reward Keith’s creative boldness. However, you can’t sleep on Carrie Underwood. She defintely has what it takes to take on the boys.

Male Vocalist of the Year

Jason Aldean
Dierks Bentley
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton – winner
Keith Urban

Chris Stapleton is on another planet with that voice. He doesn’t have the theatrics of a Thomas Rhett or Keith Urban, but it won’t matter.

Female Vocalist of the Year

Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood – winner

Carrie could possibly win Entertainer of the Year, which makes her a guarantee for this category.

Vocal Duo of the Year

Big & Rich
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line – winner
Maddie & Tae

This is essentially a two horse race between FGL and Brothers Osborne. I would like to see Brothers Osborne pull it off again, but it’s just too hard to argue with the year Florida Georgia Line had.

Vocal Group of the Year

Eli Young Band
Little Big Town – winner
Old Dominion
Rascal Flatts
Lady Antebellum

It’s no contest. Little Big Town are in a league of their own when it comes to the other groups in this category.

Single Record of the Year

Keith Urban, “Blue Ain’t Your Color”
Florida Georgia Line, “H.O.L.Y.” – winner
Tim McGraw, “Humble and Kind”
Maren Morris, “My Church”
Miranda Lambert, “Vice”

This is one of the hardest categories of the entire thing. Any one of the nominees could justify a win, however, “H.O.L.Y.” saw such an unreal chart performance I have to go ahead and give it to them.

Album of the Year

Dierks Bentley, Black
Florida Georgia Line, Dig Your Roots
Maren Morris, Hero
Keith Urban, Ripcord
Miranda Lambert, The Weight of These Wings – winner

This 24 track masterpiece was one of the greatest albums I’ve ever heard. Enough said.

Video of the Year

Chris Stapleton, “Fire Away” – winner
Various Artists, “Forever Country”
Tim McGraw, “Humble and Kind”
Kelsea Ballerini, “Peter Pan”
Miranda Lambert, “Vice”

If you saw this music video, then you’ll know exactly why. Very few artists use their music videos to relay such an important message. “Fire Away” was flawless.

Song of the Year

“Blue Ain’t Your Color,” Keith Urban (Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey, Steven Lee Olsen)
“Die a Happy Man,” Thomas Rhett (Thomas Rhett, Sean Douglas, Joe Spargur)
Humble and Kind,” Tim McGraw (Lori McKenna) – winner
“Kill a Word,” Eric Church feat. Rhiannon Giddens (Eric Church, Luke Dick, Jeff Hyde)
“Tennessee Whiskey,” Chris Stapleton (Dean Dillon, Linda Hargrove)
“Vice,” Miranda Lambert (Miranda Lambert, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)

This is another category that is a toss up. “Humble and Kind” got the Grammy win, I’m saying the same happens here.

Vocal Event of the Year

Dierks Bentley (Feat. Elle King), “Different for Girls”
Various Artists, “Forever Country” – winner
Florida Georgia Line (Feat. Tim McGraw), “May We All”
Kenny Chesney (Feat. Pink) “Setting the World on Fire”
Chris Young (Feat. Cassadee Pope), “Think of You”

This was one of the musical highlights of the year for me. I was surprised the ACM even nominated a CMA project, but it was just too good not to. It wins.

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