Luke Bryan at ACM Awards 2017: Expect him to win Entertainer of the Year for the 3rd time tonight

Luke Bryan will be busy tonight hosting the 2017 ACM Awards with Dierks Bentley, so you could look at it as either good news or bad news that his one and only nomination at the event comes at the end of the night: Entertainer of the Year. On one hand, he won’t have to worry about giving acceptance speeches (or losing graciously) in the middle of the show. On the other hand, he’ll spend the whole night waiting in suspense for the very last outcome of the night. But there’s good news: we think he’ll win.

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Bryan leads our Entertainer of the Year predictions with even odds. These official odds are derived from the predictions of Gold Derby Editors who cover awards year-round, the Top 24 Users who got the top scores predicting last year’s ACM Awards, the All-Star Top 24 who got the highest scores when you combine ACM predictions from the last two years, and hundreds of total Users who make up the largest (and often savviest) bloc of predictors.

It’s a close race, but Bryan has support from three out of four Editors: Chris Beachum, Marcus James Dixon and Paul Sheehan. He’s also predicted by 17 of our Top 24, 13 All-Stars, and more than 130 Users just like you. It would be Bryan’s third win following victories in 2013 and 2015. This is his fifth straight nomination in the top category.

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Bryan’s closest competition is another two-time winner: Carrie Underwood, who prevailed in 2009 and 2010. She gets odds of 10/3. Despite being one of country music’s biggest crossover successes over the last decade, this is only the third nomination in the top race for Underwood. But that also means she’s never lost when nominated.

Keith Urban and Jason Aldean are next in line, both with 9/2 odds. Urban has never won Entertainer of the Year despite six past attempts, but this year he’s the most nominated artist with seven bids, so he may have enough support to finally claim the title. Meanwhile, Aldean is the defending champion, and he’s nominated for the sixth time in seven years, but his only other nomination this year is Male Vocalist of the Year.

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Rounding out the top category is Florida Georgia Line, who are nominated for the top award for only the second time. It has been 16 years since a duo or group has won Entertainer of the Year (Dixie Chicks in 2001), but Florida Georgia Line have the second most nominations in this category behind Urban. In fact, FGL’s five nominations are as many as Bryan, Underwood, and Aldean have combined, so let’s not count them out.

We’re predicting 10 categories that will be decided on Sunday night (winners in three New Artist races were already announced). Below, find out who we’re betting on as of this writing. And there’s still time to make or edit your own predictions before the awards are handed out live at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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Luke Bryan — 1/1
Carrie Underwood — 10/3
Keith Urban — 9/2
Jason Aldean — 9/2
Florida Georgia Line — 15/2

Carrie Underwood — 2/3
Maren Morris — 7/2
Miranda Lambert — 11/2
Kelsea Ballerini — 7/1
Kacey Musgraves — 15/2

Keith Urban — 21/20
Chris Stapleton — 11/5
Jason Aldean — 5/1
Thomas Rhett — 13/2
Dierks Bentley — 7/1

Florida Georgia Line — 1/2
Brothers Osborne — 5/1
Dan and Shay — 13/2
Maddie and Tae — 7/1
Big and Rich — 7/1

Little Big Town — 4/9
Old Dominion — 6/1
Lady Antebellum — 13/2
Eli Young Band — 7/1
Rascal Flatts — 7/1

“Hero,” Maren Morris — 8/11
“The Weight of These Wings,” Miranda Lambert — 3/1
“Ripcord,” Keith Urban — 5/1
“Black,” Dierks Bentley — 7/1
“Dig Your Roots,” Florida Georgia Line — 7/1

“My Church,” Maren Morris — 2/3
“Humble and Kind,” Tim McGraw — 7/2
“Vice,” Miranda Lambert — 6/1
“Blue Ain’t Your Color,” Keith Urban — 13/2
“H.O.L.Y.,” Flordia Georgia Line — 7/1

“Humble and Kind,” Tim McGraw — 2/3
“Vice,” Miranda Lambert — 9/2
“Blue Ain’t Your Color,” Keith Urban — 6/1
“Die a Happy Man,” Thomas Rhett — 6/1
“Tennessee Whiskey,” Chris Stapleton — 13/2
“Kill a Word,” Eric Church feat. Rhiannon Giddens — 15/2

“Forever Country,” Artists of Then, Now and Forever — 8/13
“Fire Away,” Chris Stapleton — 9/2
“Vice,” Miranda Lambert — 11/2
“Humble and Kind,” Tim McGraw — 6/1
“Peter Pan,” Kelsea Ballerini — 13/2

“Forever Country,” Artists of Then, Now and Forever — 1/2
“Setting the World on Fire,” Kenny Chesney and Pink — 5/1
“Different for Girls,” Dierks Bentley feat. Elle King — 13/2
“Think of You,” Chris Young with Cassadee Pope — 7/1
“May We All,” Florida Georgia Line feat. Tim McGraw — 7/1

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Gold Derby readers just like YOU often turn out to be our smartest prognosticators, so it’s important that you give us your predictions. You can continue to update and change your forecasts as often as you like before winners are announced on April 2.  Just click “Save” when you’ve settled on your choices. You’ll compete to win a $100 Amazon gift certificate, bragging rights and a place of honor on our leaderboard. Our racetrack odds change as you make your predictions, just as they do when you bet on the Emmys, Oscars and more. Be sure to read our contest rules and sound off on the ACM race in our music forum.

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