All good things must come to an end, but apparently not if you’re Miranda Lambert. She has won Female Vocalist of the Year five times in a row at the Academy of Country Music Awards, and this year she’ll extend that winning streak to six according to our racetrack odds, bringing her one step closer to the record seven awards won in this category by Reba McEntire between 1984 and 1994.
So do you agree she’ll take home this award?
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Lambert gets field-leading 2/13 odds based on the support of all five Gold Derby Editors, 78% of Users, and all of our Top 24 Users (those readers who got the best scores predicting last year’s awards). In fact, this is the only category where our top users are unanimous.
In addition to winning this category for the last five years, Lambert has won ACMs every year but one since taking New Female Vocalist in 2006 for a grand total of 18 awards, including three for Album of the Year. She’s also this year’s most nominated artist with eight bids and the only woman who contends for Entertainer of the Year. She can’t keep winning forever, but it looks like she’ll be able to win for at least one more year.
Carrie Underwood is a distant second with 16/1 odds and support from 12% of Users. She previously won this race three times (2006-2008) before Lambert began her unstoppable reign.
Relative newcomer Kacey Musgraves is third with 33/1 odds. She’s backed by 5% of Users. This is her third straight nomination in this category. Last year, she won her first ever ACM Award: Album of the Year for “Same Trailer Different Park.”
Brandy Clark is also new to the ACM Awards. This is her first bid as an artist, but she has earned a pair of Song of the Year nominations for co-writing “Mamas Broken Heart” for Lambert last year and “Follow Your Arrow” for Musgraves this year. She has 50/1 odds and is predicted by 2% of Users.
Martina McBride won this category three times (2001-2003), but she hasn’t won any ACM Awards since then. She ranks last with 100/1 odds and support from 3% 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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