Miranda Lambert has been nominated for Entertainer of the Year four times at the Academy of Country Music Awards, but despite being one of ACM’s most honored artists of recent years, she has yet to break through the glass ceiling in the top category. This year, she faces past champs Luke Bryan (2012) and legend Garth Brooks (1990-1993, 1997-1998).
So who do you think will take home this award?
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Lambert leads our predictions with 8/13 odds. Four out of five Gold Derby Editors say she’ll finally prevail, as do 11 of our Top 24 Users (those readers who got the best scores predicting last year’s awards) and 63% of all Users. She goes into Sunday night’s show as the most nominated artst with eight bids, including Album of the Year, which she has won three times, and Female Vocalist of the Year, which she has won the last five years in a row. But the top prize has eluded her.
Women have historically been underrepresented in this race. In the last 44 years, 23 different artists have won Entertainer of the Year, and only eight of those were women. And since only two women have won this prize more than once – Carrie Underwood (2008-2009) and Taylor Swift (2010-2011) – that means this award has gone to a female artist less than a quarter of the time.
If the male domination continues, it could be 2012 champ Bryan who capitalizes. He ranks second in our predictions with 7/2 odds based on support from 21% of Users and 10 of our Top 24 Users. Since those top users scored highest predicting last year’s awards, you should be wary when entering your own picks; Bryan might be a bigger threat than the rest of us think.
Meanwhile, two of our Top 24 Users are betting on country music legend Brooks: RichardR and darioc. 10% of all Users agree with them, and so do I. I’m the only Gold Derby Editor going out on a limb for Brooks. I have a hunch that the six-time champ will make a comeback in this race the same way fellow veteran George Strait did last year. That gives Brooks odds of 15/2.
Florida Georgia Line trail with 33/1 odds. Derek Schultz is the only one of our Top 24 Users betting on the duo to prevail, and he’s joined by 2% of all Users. No duo or group has claimed ACM’s top prize since Brooks & Dunn in 2001.
The biggest long shot appears to be Jason Aldean, who is nominated for the fourth time but gets 50/1 odds based on support from 4% of Users.
The ACM Awards have gotten progressively harder to predict in recent years. Last year, our overall odds managed a score of 18% while our Top 24 Users did slightly better with 27%. That was down from 2012, when we collectively predicted 36%, and way down from 2011, when we scored 55%. That means all of Gold Derby’s predictors are hoping to make a comeback, and you can help.
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