2017 CMA Awards predictions: Frontrunners in 11 categories include Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift, Sam Hunt …

The 2017 CMA Awards are handed out on Wednesday night, November 8, during a live ceremony that will be broadcast live by ABC. Country stars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, both CMA winners themselves, will host the event for the 10th year in a row. But who will take home awards when the Country Music Association decides its best of the year? Gold Derby is predicting 11 categories based on the combined forecasts of hundreds of users who have entered their picks in our predictions center. Scroll down to see our complete racetrack odds by category. There’s still time to make or update your predictions before Wednesday’s event. Enter your picks here.

Miranda Lambert entered these awards with the most nominations (five), including Album of the Year for her acclaimed two-disc set “The Weight of These Wings.” She’s expected to win multiple prizes, including Album and Female Vocalist of the Year, but she wasn’t actually recognized for Entertainer of the Year. The five contenders in that race are all male artists: past winners Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, and Keith Urban, and two artists aiming for their first wins, Eric Church and Chris Stapleton.

Bryan is forecast to win for what would be the third time in four years following victories in 2014 and 2015. Brooks then won in 2016, which was his fifth time in the winner’s circle, so now he’s gunning for his sixth title. Elsewhere in the top categories, Sam Hunt is expected to claim Single of the Year for his crossover hit “Body Like a Back Road” while Taylor Swift takes Song of the Year for “Better Man,” which she wrote for Vocal Group frontrunners Little Big Town.

Though Stapleton is an underdog for Entertainer of the Year, he’s out front to repeat as Male Vocalist of the Year. Florida Georgia Line is tipped to win Vocal Duo again after last year’s surprise victory by Brothers Osborne. Find out below who else is ahead to win CMA Awards, listed in order of their odds. The projected winners are listed in gold.

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Luke Bryan — 8/5
Garth Brooks — 2/1
Keith Urban — 10/3
Eric Church — 4/1
Chris Stapleton — 9/2

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
“The Weight of These Wings,” Miranda Lambert — 5/6
“From A Room: Volume 1,” Chris Stapleton — 3/1
“The Breaker,” Little Big Town — 4/1
“Heart Break,” Lady Antebellum — 9/2
“The Nashville Sound,” Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit — 9/2

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
“Body Like a Back Road,” Sam Hunt — 21/20
“Blue Ain’t Your Color,” Keith Urban — 13/5
“Tin Man,” Miranda Lambert — 4/1
“Better Man,” Little Big Town — 4/1
“Dirt on My Boots,” Jon Pardi — 9/2

SONG OF THE YEAR
“Better Man,” Little Big Town — 7/5
“Blue Ain’t Your Color,” Keith Urban — 5/2
“Tin Man,” Miranda Lambert — 3/1
“Body Like a Back Road,” Sam Hunt — 4/1
“Dirt on My Boots,” Jon Pardi — 9/2

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Miranda Lambert — 5/6
Carrie Underwood — 7/2
Reba McEntire — 4/1
Maren Morris — 9/2
Kelsea Ballerini — 9/2

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Chris Stapleton — 1/1
Keith Urban — 10/3
Thomas Rhett — 10/3
Eric Church — 9/2
Dierks Bentley — 9/2

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
Florida Georgia Line — 21/20
Brothers Osborne — 9/4
Maddie and Tae — 9/2
Dan and Shay — 9/2
LoCash – 9/2

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Little Big Town — 8/11
Lady Antebellum — 7/2
Zac Brown Band — 9/2
Old Dominion — 9/2
Rascal Flatts — 9/2

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Old Dominion — 3/2
Jon Pardi — 23/10
Lauren Alaina — 3/1
Brett Young — 4/1
Luke Combs — 9/2

MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
“Funny How Time Slips Award,” Glen Campbell with Willie Nelson — 1/1
“Speak to a Girl,” Tim McGraw and Faith Hill — 7/2
“Craving You,” Thomas Rhett feat. Maren Morris — 7/2
“Setting the World on Fire,” Kenny Chesney and Pink — 7/2
“Kill a Word,” Eric Church feat. Rhiannon Giddens — 9/2

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
“Vice,” Miranda Lambert — 21/20
“Blue Ain’t Your Color,” Keith Urban — 10/3
“Better Man,” Little Big Town — 10/3
“Craving You,” Thomas Rhett feat. Maren Morris — 4/1
“It Ain’t My Fault,” Brothers Osborne — 9/2

Be sure to make your CMA predictions so that Hollywood insiders can see this year’s contenders are faring in our CMA odds. You can keep changing your predictions until just before winners are announced on November 8. And join the discussion on this and more taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our music forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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