2017 CMA Awards predictions: Old Dominion and Jon Pardi battle for New Artist of the Year

Who will win the 2017 CMA Award for New Artist of the Year? We might be able to get a hint from the Academy of Country Music Awards. The ACMs present three New Artist prizes, which are divided between male vocalists, female vocalists, and duos and groups. Now two of their winners are in contention at the CMAs: 2017 New Male Vocalist champ Jon Pardi and 2016 New Duo/Group victors Old Dominion. But which one has the advantage in a head-to-head match-up?

As of this writing Old Dominion lead our predictions with odds of 7/5. They’re backed by 12 of our Top 24 Users who got the highest scores forecasting last year’s CMAs, and also 12 of our All-Star Top 24 who were the best when you combine the last two years’ predictions. The quintet released their debut album “Meat and Candy” in 2015 and then their followup “Happy Endings” this past August, which topped the US Country chart. But they only have one other nomination this year, Vocal Group of the Year, which is expected to go to Little Big Town.

Pardi is close behind with odds of 5/2, and he also has strong support from our elite users: six of our Top 24 and seven of our All-Stars think he’s out front. In addition to that ACM victory earlier this year indicating support from the country music industry, he also has an additional CMA nomination this year for Single of the Year (“Dirt on My Boots”). That song, which was written by Rhett Akins, Jesse Frasure, and Ashley Gorley, is also up for Song of the Year.

Do you agree with our current predictions that Old Dominion is out front with Jon Pardi poised toupset?

Be sure to make your CMA predictions so that Hollywood insiders can see this year’s contenders are faring in our CMA odds. You can keep changing your predictions until just before winners are announced on November 8. And join the discussion on this and more taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our music forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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