ACM Awards: Will Taylor Swift boost Tim McGraw to his fourth Vocal Event victory?

Having the most combined star-power is often the key to victory in the Vocal Event category at the ACM Awards, from Alison Krauss teaming with Brad Paisley (“Whiskey Lulluby,” 2004) to last year’s star trio of Eric Church, Jason Aldean, and Luke Bryan (“The Only Way I Know“).

Tim McGraw knows that better than most. He has won this race three times already, and this year he’s going for a fourth victory with the help of Taylor Swift and Keith Urban on “Highway Don’t Care.”

He won his first two Vocal Event trophies for dueting with his wife, Faith Hill: “It’s Your Love” (1997) and “Just to Hear You Say That You Love Me” (1998). He picked up his third prize in 2007 for “Find Out Who Your Friends Are” with Tracy Lawrence.

However, despite joining forces with superstars Swift and Urban, “Highway Don’t Care” is in second place with 9/5 odds, behind “Boys Round Here” by Blake Shelton featuring the Pistol Annies, a singing trio that includes Shelton’s wife Miranda Lambert. Our editors and users give them even odds (1/1) to win on April 6.

Shelton is also a previous winner of this category, taking it in 2009 for his collaboration with Trace Adkins, “Hillbilly Bone.”

Husband-and-wife duets did the trick twice for McGraw, and also for Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black, who won in 1999 for “When I Said I Do.” Will it work the same magic for Shelton and Lambert, or will McGraw, Swift, and Urban carry their impressive star wattage into the winner’s circle? Make your predictions below using our easy drag-and-drop menu. 

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