Your Take: ACM Predictions

Karlie Justus Marlowe | April 2nd, 2011

The Academy of Country Music awards have snuck up on us this year, running this Sunday night on CBS. Miranda Lambert and Ronnie Dunn announced the nominees at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville back in February 1:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

  • Jason Aldean
  • Toby Keith
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Brad Paisley
  • Taylor Swift
  • Keith Urban

TOP MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • Jason Aldean
  • Brad Paisley
  • Blake Shelton
  • George Strait
  • Keith Urban

TOP FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • Miranda Lambert
  • Reba McEntire
  • Taylor Swift
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Lee Ann Womack

TOP VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR

  • the JaneDear girls
  • Joey + Rory
  • Montgomery Gentry
  • Steel Magnolia
  • Sugarland

TOP VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

  • Lady Antebellum
  • Little Big Town
  • Randy Rogers Band
  • The Band Perry
  • Zac Brown Band

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

  • Hemingway’s Whiskey – Kenny Chesney
  • Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
  • The Guitar Song – Jamey Johnson
  • Speak Now – Taylor Swift
  • Up On The Ridge – Dierks Bentley
  • You Get What You Give – Zac Brown Band

SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR

  • “A Little More Country Than That” – Easton Corbin
  • “As She’s Walking Away” – Zac Brown Band Featuring Alan Jackson
  • “If I Die Young” – The Band Perry
  • “Love Like Crazy” – Lee Brice
  • “The Boys Of Fall” – Kenny Chesney
  • “The House That Built Me” – Miranda Lambert

SONG OF THE YEAR

  • “A Little More Country Than That” – Easton Corbin
  • “As She’s Walking Away” – Zac Brown Band Featuring Alan Jackson
  • “If I Die Young” – The Band Perry
  • “Love Like Crazy” – Lee Brice
  • “The House That Built Me” – Miranda Lambert

Give us your take – who are your winning picks? Have you participated in the fan-voted Entertainer of the Year or New Artist of the Year contests? How do you think new host Blake Shelton will do?

  1. Jonathan
    April 2, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Here are my picks for who I think will win:

    Entertainer: Jason Aldean

    Male: Brad Paisley or Blake Shelton

    Female: Miranda Lambert

    Duo: Sugarland

    Group: Lady Antebellum (even though Zac Brown Band really deserve it)

    Top New Artist: The Band Perry

    Album: Need You Now

    Single Record: “As She’s Walking Away”

    Song: “The House That Built Me”

    Video: “The House That Built Me”

    Vocal Event: “As She’s Walking Away”

    I’m expecting Blake to do a good job. The atmosphere of this show (Vegas) is suited to his kind of humor and the party image he has going on right now. I think he and Reba will play well off each other.

    While I’ve had to participate in the fan voting, I’m rooting for The Band Perry in the new artist category. I wish the fans had voted Easton Corbin over Eric Church, though. That would make it a more even match with two red-hot new artists getting a shot at the big award. Eric is fantastic, but for this particular award, I wish Easton had won over him.

  2. Blake Boldt
    April 2, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Fan-voted Entertainer

    Will win: Swift. Should win: Lambert.

    Top Male Vocalist

    Will/Should win: Shelton.

    Top Female Vocalist

    Will/should win: Lambert.

    Top Vocal Duo

    Will/should win: Sugarland.

    Top Vocal Group

    Will win: Lady Antebellum. Should win: Zac Brown Band.

    Top New Artist

    Will win: The Band Perry. Should win: The Band Perry.

    Album of the Year

    Will win: Need You Now. Should win: The Guitar Song.

    Single/Song of the Year

    Will/should win: “The House That Built Me.”

    Video of the Year

    Will win: “The House That Built Me.” Should win: “The Boys of Fall.”

    Vocal Event of the Year

    Will win: “As She’s Walking Away.” Should win: “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”

  3. Vicki
    April 2, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Fan-voted Entertainer
    Will win: Swift. Should win: Brad Paisley

    Top Male Vocalist
    Will/Should win: Shelton.

    Top Female Vocalist
    Will/Should: Lambert or Reba

    Top Vocal Duo
    Will/should win: Sugarland.

    Top Vocal Group
    Will win: Lady Antebellum. Should win: Zac Brown Band.

    Top New Artist
    Will win: The Band Perry. Should win: The Band Perry.

    Album of the Year
    Will win: Speak Now Should win: The Guitar Song.

    Single/Song of the Year
    Will/should win: “The House That Built Me.”

    Video of the Year
    Will win: “The House That Built Me.” Should win:
    “The Boys of Fall.”

    Vocal Event of the Year
    Will/Should win: “As She’s Walking Away.”

    I agree. Blake being asked to join Reba was genius. I too thought Easton Corbin would win New Solo Artist of the year as well. Looks like some interesting performances on this show as well.

  4. Eric
    April 2, 2011 at 11:56 am

    EOTY:
    Will Win: Taylor Swift Should Win: Brad Paisley

    Male Vocalist:
    Will Win: Jason Aldean Should Win: Brad Paisley

    Female Vocalist:
    Will Win: Miranda Lambert Should Win: Miranda Lambert

    Vocal Duo:
    Will Win: Sugarland Should Win: Sugarland

    Vocal Group:
    Will Win: Lady A Should Win: The Band Perry

    Album:
    Will Win: “The Guitar Song”. Should Win: “Up on the Ridge”

    Single: Will Win: “The House That Built Me” Will Win: “The House That Built Me”

    Song: Will Win: “The House That Built Me” Will Win: “The House That Built Me”

    Video: Will Win: “Only Prettier” Should Win: “The Boys of Fall”

    Vocal Event: Will Win: “As She’s Walking Away” Should Win: “As She’s Walking Away”

    I think that the decision to have Blake co-host the show will turn out to be either fantastic or terrible. He generally appears to be a nice, funny, down-to-earth guy, but his propensity to say some less then PC things could have us looking at some bad headlines come Monday morning. Personally though, I think he will be hilarious.

  5. Fizz
    April 2, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Album of the year: If The Guitar Song doesn’t win it, my second choice would be Up On The Ridge. Single/song of the year (why two identical categories?), guess I’d have to go with “The House That Built Me.” I haven’t “voted,” because I doubt those tallies actually count.

  6. Jon
    April 2, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Single of the year and song of the year aren’t identical categories. There’s typically a lot of overlap in the nominations – more than there should be, in my opinion – but they go to somewhat different sets of people and purport to recognize different things. A song is a song; a single is a recording that embodies a performance.

  7. Marcus
    April 2, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Entertainer:
    Will win – Taylor Swift (unfortunately)
    Should win – Carrie Underwood — oh, wait… I’ll go with Brad Paisley

    Male Vocalist:
    Will win – Brad Paisley
    Should win – Keith Urban

    Female Vocalist:
    Will win – Carrie Underwood
    Should win – Carrie Underwood

    *I’m not getting why so many people are pegging Miranda as the “clear” winner here. She didn’t have a bigger year than Carrie by any means. She had her biggest year personally, but compare it to Carrie’s stand-out year, and Miranda’s an obvious distant second.

    Duo:
    Will win – Sugarland
    Should win – Sugarland

    Group:
    Will win – Lady Antebellum
    Should win – Lady Antebellum

    Song:
    Will win – “The House That Built Me”, Miranda Lambert
    Should win – “If I Die Young”, The Band Perry

    Single:
    Will win – “The House That Built Me”, Miranda Lambert
    Should win – “The House That Built Me”, Miranda Lambert

    Album:
    Will win – “Speak Now”, Taylor Swift
    Should win – “The Guitar Song”, Jamey Johnson

    Musical Event:
    Will win – “As She’s Walking Away”, Zac Brown Band feat. Alan Jackson
    Should win – “As She’s Walking Away”, Zac Brown Band feat. Alan Jackson

    New Artist:
    Will win – The Band Perry
    Should win – Sunny Sweeney — oh, wait… I’ll go with The Band Perry

  8. Rebecca
    April 2, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Don’t have time right now to post predictions, but I will say that I think Ms Swift has something of a fighting chance…I’m in the UK and accompanied my teenage sister to a Taylor Swift concert, where each seat had a postcard on it telling us to vote for her in the ACMs, and she also took a break during a song to ‘ask’ us to vote…if she’s been doing this all over the world, she may well have a shot.

    Personally, I voted for Brad.

  9. Jo
    April 2, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Yes, Taylor has really been begging for the votes and why not, it is fan voted and who but the fans are voting. These that get cocky and remark that they don’t give a crap what people think may find out they do care when it comes to being voted in for something as special as Entertainer Of The Year. Time tells.People(fans)count, I don’t care care how good you are.I’M guessing the big winner will be Brad.

  10. Jo Jo
    April 2, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Entertainer: Taylor (should be Carrie though)

    Male Vocalist: Blake Shelton (I have not been crazy about his recent singles, but I think he deserves some recognition for past songs that should have gotten him nominations/wins–The Baby, Nobody But Me, Austin, Goodbye Time)

    Female Vocalist: Carrie Underwood

    Duo: Sugarland

    Group: Zac Brown Band

    Album: Need You Now

    Single: The House That Built Me

    Song: The House That Built Me

    Video: The Boys Of Fall

    Vocal Event: As She’s Walking Away

    New Artist: The Band Perry

  11. Waynoe
    April 2, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    I would assume those artists who have a following that is more up on tech voting (texting, etc.) will rule the day. Such as Swift, Underwood, Urban, Lady A, Sugarland. Not my picks. I am from the Strait, Johnson, Joey & Rory, and MG camp myself.

  12. Rick
    April 2, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    I will make my usual prediction (which applies to all of these awards shows) and I’m always 100% correct! I predict with absolute certainty that I won’t watch this show nor give a flying turd about who wins what. These shows are utterly irrelevant to my love for, and enjoyment of, real country music in its more traditional forms.

    On the other hand I do hope some snarky blogger types do live blogfests I can read well after the fact. Top choices for this task would be: Juli and Karlie, Jim Malec, and Rita Ballou and her Merry Band Of Whores. That way I get thoroughly entertained and don’t have to actually listen to any of the pop/rock/schlock modern country music these shows peddle to the pop culture obsessed masses. Yay Cloud! (lol)

  13. MR. ROBERTS
    April 2, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    @Rick – Amen brother, Amen. If Sunny were to show up and sing at the show, they would probably ssk, “What is that type of singing doing on a show like this?”

    Best regards,
    Mr. Roberts (Waynoe rehabilitated)

  14. pmackey33
    April 2, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    if people think derk and jimmy album is so great how come it has not sold millions if people think they are the best albums.

  15. MR. ROBERTS
    April 2, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Because listeners bought other artist’s albums more than “derk & jimmy”. Hmmmmmm.

  16. Matt
    April 2, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Entertainer
    Will Win – Taylor Swift
    Should Win – Brad Paisley

    Male Vocalist
    Will Win – Blake Shelton
    Should Win – Jason Aldean

    Female Vocalist
    Will/Should Win – Miranda Lambert

    Duo
    Will/Should Win – Sugarland

    Group
    Will Win – Lady Antebellum
    Should Win – Zac Brown Band

    Album
    Will Win – Need You Now
    Should Win – You Get What You Give

    Single
    Will/Should Win – The House That Built Me

    Song
    Will/Should Win – The House That Built Me

    New Artist
    Will/Should Win – The Band Perry

    Video
    Will Win – The House That Built Me
    Should Win – The Boys of Fall

    Vocal Event
    Will/Should Win – As She’s Walking Away

  17. Barry Mazor
    April 2, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Sales do not “prove” what’s best.

    And if you think they do, there’d just as well be no awards, just sales charts.

  18. Steve
    April 2, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    EOTY:
    Will win: Miranda Lambert
    Should win: Taylor Swift
    Sorry, but this kid has brought more fans to country than anyone in a long time and is possibly one of the best at giving back to her fans than I’ve ever seen. I give credit where credit is due.

    Male Vocalist: Should win/ will win: Brad Paisley

    Female Vocalist: should win/ will win: Miranda Lambert

    Album: Will win: Need you Now
    Should win: Guitar Song

    Duo: Will win/should win: Sugarland

    Group: Will win/ should win: Lady A

    Record, Song, Video: House that Built Me.

  19. MR. ROBERTS
    April 2, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Barry,

    Exactly!

    Best regards,
    Wayoe Rehabilitated

  20. richie leitner
    April 2, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Vocal Event Will/Should Win As Shes Walking Away Video Will/Should Win The Boys Of Fall New Artist Will/Should Win The Band Perry Song Will/Should Win The House That Bulit Me Single Will/Should Win The House That Bulit Me Album Will Win Need You Now Speak Now(Tie) Should Win Speak Now Vocal Group Will/Should Win Zac Brown Band Vocal Duo Will/Should Win Sugarland Female Vocalist Will Win Reba Should Win Miranda Lambert Male Vocalist Will Win Brad Paisley Should Win Jason Brad Or Keith Entertainer Will Win Keith Urban Should Win Brad Or Keith

  21. Code
    April 3, 2011 at 6:46 am

    My predictions:
    ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
    Should Win -Taylor Swift
    Will Win – Taylor Swift

    TOP MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
    Should Win – Jason Aldean
    Will Win – Brad Paisley

    TOP FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
    Should Win – Reba McEntire
    Will Win – Miranda Lambert

    TOP VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
    Should Win – Sugarland
    Will Win – Sugarland

    TOP VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
    Should Win – The Band Perry
    Will Win – Zac Brown Band

    ALBUM OF THE YEAR
    Should Win – Taylor Swift
    Will Win – Taylor Swift/Jamey Johnson

    SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR
    Should Win – “If I Die Young”
    Will Win – The House That Built Me” (probably one of the most overrated songs EVER)

    SONG OF THE YEAR
    Should Win – “If I Die Young”
    Will Win – The House That Built Me”

    VIDEO OF THE YEAR
    Should Win – “Stuck Like Glue”
    Will Win “The House That Built Me”

    VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
    Should Win – “As She’s Walking Away”
    Will Win – “As She’s Walking Away”

    I seem to be in the minority but i think reba deserves to take home FVOTY, besides one #1 hit what else has miranda had. Reba had 3 top tens last year, including two #1 hits, she started the year and ended the year with a #1, Released a new album which hit the top 10 on the Billboard 200 making her the female country artist with the most top 10 albums on the chart. We all know it will probably be miranda, but she doesnt deserve to take home FVOTY in my opinion.

  22. xxx
    April 3, 2011 at 8:26 am

    My predictions:
    ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
    Should/Will Win -Taylor Swift
    TOP MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
    Should/Will Win – Brad Paisley
    TOP FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
    Should/Will Win – Miranda Lambert
    TOP VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
    Should/Will Win – Sugarland
    TOP VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
    Will Win – Zac Brown Band
    Should Win – The Band Perry
    ALBUM OF THE YEAR
    Should/Will Win – Speak Now
    SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR
    Should/Will Win – The House That Built Me”SONG OF THE YEAR
    Should/Will Win – The House That Built Me”
    VIDEO OF THE YEAR
    Should/Will Win “The House That Built Me”

  23. Nicolas
    April 3, 2011 at 8:37 am

    ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
    •Brad Paisley

    TOP MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
    •Blake Shelton

    TOP FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
    •Miranda Lambert

    TOP VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
    •Sugarland

    TOP VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
    •Little Big Town

    ALBUM OF THE YEAR
    •Speak Now – Taylor Swift

    SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR
    •“The House That Built Me” – Miranda Lambert
    SONG OF THE YEAR

    SONG OF THE YEAR
    •“The House That Built Me” – Miranda Lambert

  24. Barry Mazor
    April 3, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Thought people here might like seeing this Peter Cooper report from today’s Tennessean before the awards happen:

    http://thurly.net/18a8

  25. CountryMusicFan
    April 3, 2011 at 11:51 am

    ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

    Taylor Swift will win.
    If I had to pick who I wanted to win it would probably be Jason Aldean out of the choices. I went to one of his Wide Open concerts last year and he puts on a good show.

    TOP MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

    Jason Aldean will win.
    George Strait would be my choice.

    TOP FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

    Taylor Swift will win.
    Miranda Lambert or Leann Womack is my choice.

    TOP VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR

    Sugarland will win.
    MG is my choice

    TOP VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

    Lady Antebellum will win.
    Zac Brown Band is my choice

    ALBUM OF THE YEAR

    Speak Now – Taylor Swift will win.
    The Guitar Song – Jamey Johnson should win by a landslide. This album will eventually be on an alltime greats list.

    SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR

    “The House That Built Me” – Miranda Lambert
    will win
    •“A Little More Country Than That” – Easton Corbin
    This one is my choice.

    SONG OF THE YEAR

    Same as above.

    As you can see, I don’t have a lot of faith in how these awards turn out. That’s part of the reason I quit watching award shows.

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