It’s been a golden year for Kacey Musgraves, whose “Golden Hour” was among the most critically acclaimed albums of 2018. She won the Country Music Association Award for Album of the Year last fall. Then she swept the Grammys with four wins out of her four nominations, also including Album of the Year. Now it looks like she’s primed for a third Album of the Year victory at the Academy of Country Music Awards on April 7. If she does, she’ll be the first to achieve that trifecta since Taylor Swift.
Over the course of 2009-2010, Swift won the CMA, ACM and Grammy Award for Album of the Year for “Fearless,” her bestselling second album. Winning the first two prizes for one album isn’t uncommon if it’s an especially high-profile country hit, but the Grammy is a tougher nut to crack since their top album award covers all genres of music. To date, only five country albums have ever won the top prize at the Grammys.
Of those five Grammy winners, Glen Campbell‘s “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” (1967) didn’t win at either the ACM or CMA Awards. Neither did the Dixie Chicks‘ “Taking the Long Way” (2006), possibly because of the notorious political rift between the Chicks and the rest of the country music community at the time. Besides “Fearless,” the only other album to claim all three prizes to date was the “O Brother, Where Art Thou” soundtrack (2000).
Now Musgraves is looking to be the third to three-peat, and there’s good reason to believe that the ACMs are inclined to reward her. She has only won at these awards twice before, but one of those times was in this very category, which she won for her debut album “Same Trailer Different Park” in 2014. That was actually two awards in one since she was honored as both an artist and producer.
As of this writing Musgraves gets leading odds of 31/10 based on the combined predictions of hundreds of Gold Derby users. That puts her ahead of reigning champion Chris Stapleton, who won last year for “From A Room: Volume 1” and now is up for “Volume 2.” Can she hold him off and finish her historic winning streak?
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