Blake Shelton is a nine-time winner at the Country Music Association Awards, including Entertainer of the Year in 2012, but he’s been in a CMAs slump as of late. In fact, his three nominations this year are his first since 2015, and he hasn’t won anything since 2014. But it looks like that drought is about to end. According to the combined predictions of hundreds of Gold Derby users, he’ll win Single of the Year for “God’s Country,” which would actually be his first victory ever in that category.
Shelton was a CMAs darling in the first half of the 2010s, winning Male Vocalist of the Year five times in a row (2010-2014), but the “Voice” coach was dropped entirely by the association after his 2015 bids. But this year “God’s Country,” released in March, brought him back to the top of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart for the first time since 2013, and it reached the top 20 on the all-genre Hot 100 singles chart, making it one of his most successful hits.
Now he gets leading odds of 11/2 of winning Single of the Year. He’s backed by 15 of our Top 24 Users who got the highest scores predicting last year’s CMAs, which gives their predictions more weight at this year’s event. But Shelton is up against the defending champion in this category, Chris Stapleton, who prevailed in 2018 for “Broken Halos” and is currently in the running again for “Millionaire.”
If Shelton was the CMAs darling of the early 2010s, then Stapleton has been the king of the late 2010s. He has won 10 times since 2015, including Male Vocalist of the Year every year since Shelton lost his crown (2015-2018). “Millionaire” wasn’t as big a hit as “God’s Country,” peaking at number-four on the Hot Country Songs chart and number-47 on the Hot 100. But it nevertheless ranks a close second in our predictions with 13/2 odds and support from four of our Top 24 Users. So will Stapleton win again, or will Shelton, “God” willing, make a comeback?
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