Our 12-Person Panel of Industry Insiders Predict the ACM Awards Winners

Our 12-Person Panel of Industry Insiders Predict the ACM Awards Winners

Which ACM Awards show nominees are coming home with the hardware on Sunday, April 2? That’s the question we asked our 12 industry insiders (below), many of whom are ACM voters.

  • Ty Bentli, co-host Ty, Kelly & Chuck
  • Jim Casey, Nash Country Daily managing editor
  • Brian Egan, executive producer Nash Nights Live
  • Eric Garner, producer The Blair Garner Show
  • Lisa Konicki, Nash Country Daily editor-in-chief
  • Jeff Meltesen, Cumulus account executive
  • Lonnier Napier, executive producer American Country Countdown With Kix Brooks
  • Nikita Palmer, Nash Network producer
  • John Shomby, Nash director of programming
  • Jason Simanek, Nash Country Daily web editor
  • Elaina Smith, co-host Nash Nights Live
  • Bryan Switzer, Westwood One VP/GM music & entertainment

Entertainer of the Year

  • Keith Urban: (7) Brian, Elaina, John, Lisa, Nikita, Jason, Ty
  • Jason Aldean: (2) Jeff, Bryan
  • Luke Bryan: (2) Eric, Jim
  • Carrie Underwood: (1) Lonnie
  • Florida Georgia Line: (0)

Male Vocalist of the Year

  • Keith Urban: (6) Brian, Elaina, Eric, Jason, Lisa, Ty
  • Chris Stapleton: (5) John, Nikita, Jeff, Lonnie, Jim
  • Dierks Bentley: (1) Bryan
  • Jason Aldean: (0)
  • Thomas Rhett: (0)

Female Vocalist of the Year

  • Carrie Underwood: (9) Brian, Elaina, John, Nikita, Eric, Jason, Lisa, Lonnie, Jim
  • Maren Morris: (2) Jeff, Ty,
  • Miranda Lambert: (1) Bryan
  • Kelsea Ballerini: (0)
  • Kacey Musgraves: (0)

Vocal Duo of the Year

  • Florida Georgia Line: (9) Elaina, John, Nikita, Eric, Jeff, Jason, Lisa, Lonnie, Jim
  • Brothers Osborne: (2) Brian, Ty
  • Big & Rich: (1) Bryan
  • Dan + Shay: (0)
  • Maddie & Tae: (0)

Vocal Group of the Year

  • Little Big Town: (11) Brian, Elaina, Nikita, Eric, Jeff, Jason, Lisa, Bryan, Ty, Lonnie, Jim
  • Old Dominion: (1) John
  • Eli Young Band: (0)
  • Lady Antebellum: (0)
  • Rascal Flatts: (0)

Album of the Year

  • Ripcord – Keith Urban: (10) Brian, Elaina, John, Nikita, Jason, Lisa, Bryan, Ty, Lonnie, Jim
  • HERO – Maren Morris: (1) Jeff
  • The Weight of These Wings – Miranda Lambert: (1) Eric
  • Black – Dierks Bentley: (0)
  • Dig Your Roots – Florida Georgia Line: (0)

Single Record of the Year

  • “Humble And Kind” – Tim McGraw: (6) Eric, Jeff, Lisa, Bryan, Ty, Jim
  • “Blue Ain’t Your Color” – Keith Urban: (3) Elaina, Nikita, Lonnie
  • “H.O.L.Y.” – Florida Georgia Line: (3) Brian, John, Jason
  • “My Church” – Maren Morris: (0)
  • “Vice” – Miranda Lambert: (0)

Song of the Year (Awarded to Songwriters)

  • “Humble and Kind” – Lori McKenna: (11) Brian, Elaina, John, Nikita, Eric, Jeff, Lisa, Bryan, Ty, Lonnie, Jim
  • “Blue Ain’t Your Color” – Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey, Steven Lee Olsen: (1) Jason
  • “Die a Happy Man” – Thomas Rhett, Sean Douglas, Joe Spargur: (0)
  • “Kill a Word” – Eric Church, Luke Dick, Jeff Hyde: (0)
  • “Tennessee Whiskey” – Dean Dillon, Linda Hargrove: (0)
  • “Vice” – Miranda Lambert, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne: (0)

Video of the Year

  • “Forever Country” – Artists of Then, Now & Forever: (9) Brian, Elaina, John, Jeff, Jason, Lisa, Ty, Lonnie, Jim
  • “Fire Away” – Chris Stapleton: (1) Nikita
  • “Humble And Kind” – Tim McGraw: (1) Eric
  • “Peter Pan” – Kelsea Ballerini: (1) Bryan
  • “Vice” – Miranda Lambert: (0)

Vocal Event of the Year

  • “Forever Country” – Artists of Then, Now & Forever: (11) Brian, Elaina, John, Nikita, Eric, Jeff, Jason, Lisa, Bryan, Ty, Jim
  • “Setting the World On Fire” – Kenny Chesney featuring P!nk: (1) Lonnie
  • “Different For Girls” – Dierks Bentley featuring Elle King: (0)
  • “May We All” – Florida Georgia Line featuring Tim McGraw: (0)
  • “Think of You” – Chris Young featuring Cassadee Pope: (0)

photos: Jason Aldean by James Minchin/The Greenroom PR; Thomas Rhett by John Shearer/The Greenroom PR; Maren Morris by LeAnn Mueller/Sony Music; Luke Bryan courtesy UMG; Keith Urban courtesy PFA Media; Carrie Underwood by Koury Angelo/Schmidt Relations; Chris Stapleton courtesy UMG Nashville; Tim McGraw courtesy PMK-BNC; Lori McKenna by Becky Fluke/Sacks & Co.; Florida Georgia Line by Jim Wright/NASCAR; Little Big Town courtesy UMG

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