CMA Awards predictions: Luke Bryan, Kacey Musgraves will be big winners

Neither Luke Bryan nor Kacey Musgraves has won at the CMA Awards before, but Gold Derby expects them to clean up during Wednesday night’s telecast.

Following an upset victory at the ACM Awards in April, Bryan gets best odds to win Entertainer of the Year, ahead of defending champion Blake Shelton and two-time winners Taylor Swift and George Strait. Bryan is also expected to win another category Shelton took home last year: Male Vocalist of the Year.

For a breakdown of the winners (and potential spoilers) by category, click here.

But it’s Musgraves who is expected to leave the CMAs with the most wins. The 25-year-old newcomer has six bids, which ties her with Swift as the year’s most nominated artist, and she’s favored in three categories: Album (“Same Trailer Different Park“), Song (“Merry Go Round“), and New Artist of the Year.

New Artist pits her against Florida Georgia Line, and though she’s expected to defeat the country duo in that race they are given best odds in two other categories: Vocal Duo and Single of the Year (“Cruise“).

Don’t expect Swift to go away empty-handed. The crossover superstar is the frontrunner to win Musical Event of the Year for “Highway Dont Care,” Tim McGraw‘s song featuring her and Keith Urban. She’ll also receive the Pinnacle Award for achieving unique international success as a country artist.

Expected to win one award apiece are Miranda Lambert, favored to win Female Vocalist for the fourth straight year; The Band Perry, out front in the race for Vocal Group; and CMAs co-host Carrie Underwood, who will take Music Video of the Year for the first time for “Blown Away.”

Despite five nominations, Shelton will likely be shut out, as will four-time nominees Little Big Town.

If you haven’t made your predictions yet, start below with Entertainer of the Year:

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