Taylor Swift crossed over into pop stardom a few years ago, but she hasn’t forgotten her country music roots. She co-wrote the 2018 Sugarland single “Babe,” is a featured artist on the recording, and appears in the music video (watch it above). Now she’s nominated with Sugarland for Video of the Year at the 2019 Academy of Country Music Awards, but can she win? It has been five years since she claimed a competitive prize at the ACMs.
Directed by Anthony Mandler, the “Mad Men”-style video for “Babe” stars Sugarland lead singer Jennifer Nettles as the wife of a businessman (Brandon Routh) and Swift as the secretary having an affair with him until both women ultimately get their hearts broken. This marks Swift’s fifth ACM nomination for Video of the Year, following “Love Story” (2009), “You Belong with Me” (2010), “Mean” (2012), “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” (2013) and “Highway Don’t Care” (2014). The bad news for Swift is that she only won one of those nominations, but the good news is that it was also as a featured artist: “Highway Don’t Care,” where she lent her vocal support to Tim McGraw.
Swift’s victory for “Highway Don’t Care” was her last ACM Award, not counting the honorary 50th Anniversary Milestone Award she claimed in 2015 along with several other artists. But according to the combined predictions of hundreds of Gold Derby users, Swift is about to return to the winner’s circle: “Babe” leads our forecasts with odds of 17/5. However, we also thought “Babe” would win Video of the Year last fall at the CMA Awards, where it was upset by Thomas Rhett‘s “Marry Me.” Rhett’s not nominated in this category at the ACMs, though, so maybe that will clear a path for Swift to prevail.
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