Country music stars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are no strangers to the Academy of Country Music Awards. They have won a combined 34 prizes over the course of their careers — 18 for McGraw and 16 for Hill. Among those McGraw was named Male Vocalist of the Year twice (1999-2000), while Hill claimed Female Vocalist of the Year three times (1999-2001). But this year they’re nominated together for Vocal Duo of the Year for the very first time in their careers. Will their combined star power beat the defending champs, Brothers Osborne?
McGraw and Hill have collaborated repeatedly throughout their careers — both musically and personally as they’ve been married since 1996. And they have already won multiple ACM Awards together. Their duet “It’s Your Love” won them Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Video of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year in 1998. They claimed Vocal Event again in 1999 for “Just to Hear You Say That You Love Me.” And they also shared Video of the Year in 2017 along with dozens of other artists who collaborated on “Forever Country,” which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Country Music Association Awards.
But the country music supercouple didn’t release a full collaborative album until “The Rest of Our Life” in November 2017. For Hill it’s the first studio album of any kind since her Christmas album “Joy to the World” in 2008, and her first non-holiday album since “Fireflies” back in 2005. “The Rest of Our Life” hit number-one on the Billboard Country Albums chart and produced a top-10 single on the Hot Country Songs chart, “Speak to a Girl.” However, the album and its songs didn’t earn McGraw and Hill any other ACM nominations this year. Will their combined power as solo artists be enough for them to win Vocal Duo against more established duos like the aforementioned Brothers Osborne or three-time Vocal Duo champs Florida Georgia Line (2014-2016)?
Based on the early predictions of our users who have made their ACM picks in our predictions center thus far, McGraw and Hill are indeed the front-runners to win with leading odds of 13/10. They’re backed by 12 of our Top 24 Users who got the highest scores predicting last year’s ACM winners, as well as 14 of our All-Star Top 24 who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ ACM results. But Brothers Osborne are close behind with 23/10 odds, and Florida Georgia Line are strong challengers in third place with 3/1 odds. The remaining nominees, Dan and Shay and LoCash, trail with 5/1 odds each.
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