At last year’s CMA Awards, Blake Shelton won Best Male Vocalist for the second year running. He is back to defend his title at this year’s kudos, which take place on Nov 1. at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and air live on ABC.
With his profile at an all-time high as a judge on “The Voice,” Shelton is favored to make it a three-peat, with leading odds of 9 to 10.
His closest competition comes from Jason Aldean who contended in this category for the first time last year. While he lost this race, he did win Album of the Year for “My Kinda Party.” His newest disc, “Night Train,” just debuted in the top slot on the Billboard 200. He has odds of 13 to 8 to win this award.
Last year, Shelton also bested Keith Urban who won this award three years running beginning in 2004. Ironically, Urban has odds of 4 to 1 to add a fourth trophy to his mantle.
The other nominees last year — three-time category champ Brad Paisley and four-time Entertainer of the Year Kenny Chesney — were snubbed this year.
The CMA Awards are decided by the 11,000 members of the Country Music Association, which was established in 1958 and is the oldest trade organization created to promote an individual genre of music. The CMA is made up of industry professionals, which means winners are determined by the artists’ country music peers.