Taylor Swift is predicted to pick up her third Entertainer of the Year title at the upcoming Country Music Awards. She won this award in 2009 and 2011 and Gold Derby gives her odds of 6 to 5 to add a third trophy to her mantle.
This year, Swift faces off against four fellows: Blake Shelton who contends for the second year running and has odds of 23 to 10; two-time nominee Jason Aldean (9/2); 2010 champ Brad Paisley (6/1); and Kenny Chesney (15/2) who won the last of his four Entertainer of the Year awards in 2008.
The 46th annual edition of these kudos take place at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and air live on ABC. Co-hosting for the fifth year in a row are Paisley and Carrie Underwood.
Swift is nominated for two other awards: Female Vocalist (which she won in 2009), and Musical Event for “Safe and Sound,” her collaboration with The Civil Wars for the soundtrack for “The Hunger Games.”
The CMA Awards are decided by the 11,000 members of the Country Music Association, which was established in 1958 and is the oldest trade organization created to promote an individual genre of music. The CMA is made up of industry professionals, which means winners are determined by the artists’ country music peers.