Below, our forecasts in three country categories, ranked in order of their racetrack odds. (Click on each category title to read an in-depth look at that race):
BEST COUNTRY SOLO PERFORMANCE
“Something in the Water,” Carrie Underwood – 2/3
“Automatic,” Miranda Lambert – 3/1
“Give Me Back My Hometown,” Eric Church – 8/1
“Invisible,” Hunter Hayes – 33/1
“Cop Car,” Keith Urban – 100/1
Carrie Underwood only has two Grammy nominations this year – Best Country Solo Performance (“Something in the Water“) and Best Country Duo/Group (“Somethin’ Bad” with Miranda Lambert) – but that doesn’t necessarily make her an underdog. She’s a powerhouse in performance categories.
BEST COUNTRY DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE
“Somethin’ Bad,” Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood – 1/4
“Day Drinking,” Little Big Town – 12/1
“Gentle on My Mind,” The Band Perry – 16/1
“Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” Tim McGraw and Faith Hill – 25/1
“Raise ‘Em Up,” Keith Urban and Eric Church – 100/1
Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert are Grammy rivals for Best Country Solo Performance, but they’re allies in the Best Country Duo/Group contest, where they compete for their duet “Somethin’ Bad.” Will something good come out of it for them?
But since this category was merged with Country Collaboration in 2011, groups like Little Big Town have always beaten artist collaborations like Lambert and Underwood.
What does Miranda Lambert have to do to win over the Grammys? She’s loved by critics, scoring more than 80 on Metacritic for all her albums, and she’s an industry darling, winning Female Vocalist of the Year five times in a row at both the ACM and CMA Awards, as well as a combined five Album of the Year prizes at both events. But her only Grammy thus far was a Best Female Country Vocal trophy for “The House that Built Me” (2010). Can she finally win Best Country Album with “Platinum“?
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