ACM Awards: Florida Georgia Line may be unbeatable for Vocal Duo of the Year

Florida Georgia Line won Vocal Duo of the Year for the first time at last year’s Academy of Country Music Awards, but even though they’re relatively new to the country music scene – they won New Artist just two years ago – it looks like they’ll have no trouble repeating in this contest.

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ACM Awards: Complete list of nominations

Florida Georgia Line get overwhelming 1/10 odds based on support from all five Gold Derby Editors, 85% of our Users, and 23 of our Top 24 Users (those readers who got the best scores predicting last year’s awards). This year, they also picked up a bid for Record of the Year (“Dirt“), two for Vocal Event (“The South” and “This Is How We Roll“), and they’re the only duo or group nominated for Entertainer of the Year.

For that matter, Florida Georgia Line are the only contenders in this race nominated in any other categories at all. Bet against them at your peril.

But if you do think there’s an upset looming, you might consider Maddie and Tae, ranked second with 20/1 odds. They have support from 6% of all Users and one of our Top 24 Users: Matthew DiFeo.

Dan and Shay are next with 33/1 odds. This is their second straight nomination in the race, but they’re backed by only 3% of Users.

The Swon Brothers are first-time nominees and get 50/1 odds based on support from 5% of Users.

Rounding out the category are another pair of first-time contenders: the Brothers Osborne. Unfortunately, none of our predictors are betting on them to win, so they trail with 100/1 odds.

The ACM Awards have gotten progressively harder to predict in recent years. Last year, our overall odds managed a score of 18% while our Top 24 Users did slightly better with 27%. That was down from 2012, when we collectively predicted 36%, and way down from 2011, when we scored 55%. That means all of Gold Derby’s predictors are hoping to make a comeback, and you can help.

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