The first/last (when does the year end and begin for these type of things? I guess I could go look it up, but am too lazy) awards show of the year, the ACM Awards, will be held April 6th in Las Vegas. The ceremony will be televised on CBS at 8pmEST.
Seeing as it is many of the same artists we always find on a ballot, I just cannot get too excited for this show. Don't get me wrong, I don't truly dislike any of the artists nominated, but I think maybe it is time to see some fresh faces in the categories. I mean, it is not like we are lacking for country artists. So, being that the awards show is under two weeks away, I thought I would add my two cents as to who is most likely to walk away with the trophy. Leave a comment with your picks and the person with the most correct will win a copy of The Outsiders.
Entertainer of the Year
Who Will Win- George Strait. Many argue whether he actually "entertains" during his concerts, but since The Cowboy Rides Away is supposedly his farewell tour, he's a shoe in.....if it weren't fan voted. Being fan voted, I'll say Luke's fans (young and internet savvy) for the win.
Male Vocalist of the Year
Who Will Win- None of these artists really are stellar vocalists, although when Lee, and even Luke, sings ballads they can be terrific. I think Blake Shelton will take it.
Female Vocalist of the Year
Who Will Win- At least they chose females who actually contributed to country music this year (yea, Taylor's not country, I hear that). My guess is they give it to Miranda, although I wouldn't mind if they chose Carrie. She is not my favorite artist, but vocally she is the strongest of the group
Vocal Duo of the Year
Who Will Win- No kidding, they actually (finally) took Sugarland out of the running! Dan + Shay are too new and without a mega hit. Thompson Square and Love and Theft have not been in the spotlight this year. I would be floored if they didn't give to FGL.
Vocal Group of the Year
Who Will Win- I like them all, but who will the academy choose? Lady A's Golden just.....wasn't. ZBB is never an academy fave. Toss up between LBT and TBP. My bet is on the former.
New Artist of the Year
Who Will Win- They all have strong fan bases (and this award is fan voted), but I think Kip's are the most vocal (at least from what I have seen on social media). He has my vote.
Album of the Year
Who Will Win- Kacey should because the album is really good, but I just don't see it happening. Again, I see them handing Blake's Based On A True Story the honor.
Single Record of the Year
Who Will Win- The academy loves those pull at your heart strings type of songs. I think they will award it to "I Drive Your Truck" unless "Highway Don't Care" splits the votes and....."Cruise" wins.
Song of the Year
Who Will Win- Happy to see Gary Allan nominated, but again, I think "I Drive Your Truck" will win it.
Video of the Year
Who Will Win- Is there even a discussion? "Highway Don't Care".....by miles because everyone loves a PSA.
Vocal Event of the Year
Who Will Win- My best guess is they give it to FGL and Nelly (whether you like them or not, the song was huge), although I would like to see Keith and Miranda win this one or even Darius and Lady Antebellum.
Who do you think or who do you want to win? Leave a comment below.