It has been a few years since Taylor Swift made her formal transition from the world of country to the world of pop, but she’s still loved by the country music community, as evidenced by the fact that she keeps winning Country Music Association Awards. In 2017 she claimed Song of the Year for the very first time for writing “Better Man” for the group Little Big Town. Now in 2018 she’s the front-runner to win again for lending an assist to another artist: Music Video of the Year as a featured artist on Sugarland‘s “Babe.” Watch it above.
Swift wrote this song too along with Train frontman Patrick Monahan. Like “Better Man” it’s a breakup song, and in the music video Swift actually plays the other woman. In the “Mad Men”-style period clip, she’s a homewrecker who steals businessman Brandon Routh from Sugarland lead singer Jennifer Nettles. Directed by Anthony Mandler (Rihanna‘s “Diamonds,” Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble”), the video premiered on June 9 and has over 19 million views as of this writing.
Swift has won nine CMA Awards overall. This is her fourth nomination for Music Video of the Year, and she has won it twice before, for her own “Love Story” (2009) and as a featured artist on Tim McGraw‘s “Highway Don’t Care” (2013). This is just the second nom for Sugarland in this race, following an unsuccessful bid 10 years ago for “Stay” (2008), but we think they’ll have better luck this time around.
“Babe” currently leads our predictions with odds of 11/2 based on the combined forecasts of hundreds of Gold Derby users. That includes support from 12 of our Top 24 Users who got the highest scores predicting last year’s CMA winners, and 16 of our All-Star Top 24 who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ CMA results. Ranked a close second with 6/1 odds is Carrie Underwood (“Cry Pretty”). Thomas Rhett (“Marry Me”) is next with 13/2 odds. And rounding out the category are Dan and Shay (“Tequila”) and Chris Janson (“Drunk Girl”), both with 7/1 odds.
Will our odds prove true when awards are handed out on Wednesday night, November 14?
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