Little Big Town have won the Academy of Country Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year for four of the last five years. Will they keep their winning streak alive in 2018? They may have to watch out for a trio of three-time winners, Lady Antebellum.
As of this writing Little Big Town are the heavy favorites to win again with 8/11 odds. That’s according to the combined predictions of hundreds of Gold Derby users who have entered their ACM picks thus far. Among those users betting on them to repeat are 22 of our Top 24 Users who got the highest scores predicting last year’s ACM winners, and 22 of our All-Star Top 24 who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ winner predictions.
A fifth win would inch Little Big Town closer to the record for the most Vocal Group victories currently held by Rascal Flatts, who won seven in a row from 2003-2009. Close behind them with six victories was the group Alabama, who collected their trophies from 1981-1986. It works in Little Big Town’s favor that they’re also nominated for Album of the Year (“The Breaker”) and Single Record of the Year (“Better Man”), which indicates strong overall support from the academy.
But they’re not unbeatable. After Little Big Town won Vocal Group for the first time in 2013 they were upset in 2014 by The Band Perry before resuming their winning streak for the next three years (2015-2017). Does that open the door at least a crack for Lady Antebellum? They previously won this race three times (2010-2012), but they have no other nominations this year. Nevertheless, they rank second in our predictions with 7/2 odds and support from one of our Top Users and two of our All-Stars who think they’ll overtake the defending champions.
But both groups will have to watch out for Old Dominion, who rank third with 9/2 odds. They previously won New Duo/Group of the Year in 2016, but they have never won this award before. However, they’re also nominated for Album of the Year (“Happy Endings”), so they may be stronger contenders than we’re giving them credit for.
Do you think Little Big Town has this award in the bag, or might we be in for another surprise?
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