This year’s Vocal Event category at the ACM Awards pits pairings of veterans up against teams of newcomers.
Leading the race are two of country’s old guard — Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw — who have won a combined 26 ACM Awards. McGraw has taken this category three times including the one-time Chesney won when they collaborated in 2007 for “Find Out Who Your Friends Are.” This year, the reunite for “Feel Like a Rock Star” and with the backing of two editors and 60% of users they have leading odds of 21 to 10.
Three of the genre’s hottest new talents — Jason Aldean, Eric Church, and Luke Bryan — are strong contenders with “The Only Way I Know.” They have won six ACM Awards and have a combined 14 bids this year.
Aldean won this category last year for his collaboration with Kelly Clarkson on “Don’t You Wanna Stay.” This is the first nomination in this category for Church and Bryan. With the support of four editors and 25% of users, they have odds of 9 to 4.
Two-time ACM champ Clarkson is back in the race with “Don’t Rush” featuring Vince Gill who has won eight ACM Awards, including this category in 2006 for “Building Bridges.” With 15% of users predicting them to prevail, they have odds of 5 to 1.
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Rascal Flatts have won 10 ACM Awards, but “Easy” marks their first nomination in this category. This is Natasha Bedingfield‘s first-ever ACM bid. They have odds of 15 to 2.
Category newcomers David Nail and Sarah Buxton are the longshots to win at 12 to 1 for “Let It Rain.”