Little Big Town will win Vocal Group of the Year at the 2017 ACM Awards according to our predictions. They get leading odds of 4/9. This is their 11th nomination in the category. The country quartet have only missed out on a nomination once in the last 12 years (2012), and they have won three times (2013, 2015, 2016), but this is their only nomination this year. Can they keep their winning streak alive?
These racetrack odds are based on the combined predictions of Gold Derby’s Editors who cover awards year-round, our Top 24 Users who got the highest scores predicting last year’s ACM winners, our All-Star Top 24 who got the highest scores when you combine ACM predictions from the last two years, and all Users who represent our largest and often savviest predictions group.
Little Big Town do seem pretty indomitable. Our four Editors are unanimous that they will prevail. Also predicting them are 23 of our Top 24 Users, 23 of our All-Star Top 24 and 200 of our regular Users. No one else comes close. But Old Dominion rank second in the race with 6/1 odds based on support from one of our Top 24 and one of our All-Stars. This is their second straight nomination in this category, and they previously won New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year in 2016.
None of our Editors, Top 24 or All-Stars are predicting the remaining three nominees, but perhaps we’re underestimating Lady Antebellum, who rank third with 13/2 odds. They’re nominated for the eighth time in this category, which they have won three times (2010-2012). They have no other nominations this year, but they’re gearing up for the release of their next album, “Heart Break,” on June 9, so they may be formidable foes next year in multiple categories.
Tied with 7/1 odds are Eli Young Band and Rascal Flatts, who have very different ACM Awards histories. Eli Young Band are nominated for the fifth time in six years, but they have yet to win this category; their only previous ACM victory was Song of the Year in 2012 for “Crazy Girl.” Meanwhile, Rascal Flatts dominated this race a decade ago, winning seven times in a row (2003-2009), but they haven’t won a competitive ACM prize in eight years.
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