It looks like Maren Morris will be crowned queen of the CMA Awards this year after scoring a huge hit with “Hero,” her first release on a major label. She reaped five CMA nominations including Album of the Year. And she is also up Female Vocalist of the Year and Single and Song of the Year (both for “My Church”). That’s two more bids than Chris Stapleton had last year when he won Album of the Year (“Traveller”) and Male Vocalist of the Year in addition to New Artist of the Year.
As of this writing Morris is only tipped to win the New Artist race according to our CMA Awards predictions (she gets leading 8/15 odds). Her closest competition is Old Dominion, the five-member band led by Matthew Ramsey that racked up strong sales for their album “Meat and Candy.” This quintet has odds of 4/1.
Next in line is Kelsea Ballerini who reached #4 on the country charts in 2015 with “The First Time”. She is at 13/2 and like Morris, is also in contention for Female Vocalist, which is expected to go to Carrie Underwood for the first time since 2008. Cole Swindell , who got to #2 on the charts with both a self-titled disc in 2014 and his recent follow-up album “You Should Be Here,” is at 18/1. Rounding out the race is Brothers Osborne, who also vie for Vocal Duo, at 28/1. The pair was riding high in the charts at the beginning of the year with their first album, “Pawn Shop” getting to #3.
The winners of the 50th annual CMA Awards will be revealed during a tuneful ceremony set to air live on ABC from Nashville on Nov. 2.
Is Morris on the cusp of a similar awards romp? Weigh in now with your CMA predictions so that Nashville insiders can see how she’s faring in our racetrack odds. You can keep changing your predictions right up until just before winners are announced on November 2 at 5:00 pm PT/8:00 pm ET. Be sure to read our contest rules. And join in the fierce debate over this fall’s music awards taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our forums.