Can anyone beat Miranda Lambert for Album of the Year at the 2017 ACM Awards? Looking back over her history in the category, maybe not. She was nominated for all of her last four albums, and every single one of them won: “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (2008), “Revolution” (2010), “Four the Record” (2012) and “Platinum” (2015). This year she contends for “The Weight of These Wings,” which was released November 18, 2016.
“The Weight of These Wings” is an extended two-disc album that consists of 24 songs. It’s Lambert’s first release since her highly publicized divorce from her husband Blake Shelton, and it was another critical darling for Lambert, scoring 81 on MetaCritic — it says a lot about Lambert’s creative consistency that that’s actually her lowest score on MetaCritic.
Lambert is one of this year’s most nominated artists with six bids, though she’s up against an artist who also has six: newcomer Maren Morris (“Hero”), who was just up for Best Country Album at the Grammys; she lost that award to Sturgill Simpson (“A Sailor’s Guide to Earth”), but he’s absent from these awards, so according to our latest racetrack odds Morris is expected to end Lambert’s winning streak. Do you agree with our odds? Lambert’s track record is pretty hard to ignore.
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