Music From the Row's 2016 ACM Award Predictions

It’s that time of year again: ACM season. The nominations (and some winners) have been announced and the date is set. Wondering who is going to take home the coveted trophies? We will all find out this Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 8PM EDT. But for now, we’ve got some semi-educated guesses. Here are the Music From the Row predictions for the winners at the 51st Annual ACM Awards:

Entertainer of the Year

Jason Aldean
Garth Brooks
Luke Bryan
Miranda Lambert
Eric Church

While Luke Bryan may seem like the default winner in this category, I think the prize goes to Garth Brooks. First of all, he’s Garth Brooks and deserves all of the awards. Secondly, the man orchestrated an insanely successful world tour that was so popular it required multiple shows in most of the towns it visited. This man is a legend and continues to demonstrate his true power to this day.

Male Vocalist of the Year

Jason Aldean
Eric Church
Brett Eldredge
Chris Stapleton
Dierks Bentley

This is the year of Chris Stapleton. His full-length album, Traveller, has been immensely successful with singles like “Nobody to Blame” lighting up the charts. He is finally getting the attention he deserves from the country music industry, as well as fans and this award is his to take.

Female Vocalist of the Year

Kelsea Ballerini
Jana Kramer
Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

This category has a few newer faces in the mix, but it will most likely be taken home by one of the more established ladies. If I had to take a guess, I would say Miranda Lambert, who has won the award 6 times, will probably take it home again.  Carrie Underwood is a strong contender, as well, but Lambert has a better chance of getting the votes and taking it home.

Vocal Duo of the Year

Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie + Tae
Joey + Rory

This is a tough category this year; it is packed with five strong, talented duos that have recently produced and released great music. I wouldn’t be shocked by any of these duos taking home the prize, but if I had to wager a guess I would put it on Maddie & Tae. These girls had a great year, releasing several very successful singles and making a name for themselves on tour and radio.

Vocal Group of the Year

Eli Young Band
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts
Old Dominion
Zac Brown Band

LBT just killed the music game this year. “Girl Crush” has been everywhere, and has won basically every award imaginable. This talented group broke numerous records and helped disseminate country music to larger audiences with their staggering success. They more than deserve to be recognized for their work over the past year. So LBT should take home the ACM for Vocal Group of the Year.

Album of the Year

Eric Church, Mr. Misunderstood
Sam Hunt, Montevallo
Thomas Rhett, Tangled Up
Chris Young, I’m Comin’ Over
Chris Stapleton, Traveller

Once again, this is the year of Chris Stapleton. Traveller is an album for music lovers, not just country music fans. His authentic sound and genuine raw talent are irresistible. Chris Stapleton will definitely take home to win for Album of the Year.

New Male Vocalist of the Year

Brett Eldredge
Chris Janson
Thomas Rhett
Chase Rice
Chris Stapleton

No surprise here, Chris Stapleton was announced as the winner of New Male Vocalist of the Year last week.

New Female Vocalist of the Year

Kelsea Ballerini
Mickey Guyton

The Academy of Country Music announced last week that Kelsea Ballerini took home the award for New Female Vocalist of the Year. This also isn’t a surprise as Kelsea had two #1’s this year with “Love Me Like You Mean It” and “Dibs,” and has made quite the name for herself on radio and on tour.


New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year

A Thousand Horses
Brothers Osborne
Maddie & Tae
Old Dominion

Old Dominion already took home the prize for this category. The group had an amazing year with the release of their album, Meat and Candy, and the success of singles like “Snapback” and “Break Up with Him.” We cannot wait to see what they have coming next!

Single Record of the Year

“Burning House,” Cam
“Buy Me a Boat,” Chris Janson
“Die a Happy Man,” Thomas Rhett
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
“I’m Comin’ Over,” Chris Young
“Take Your Time,” Sam Hunt

Country music over the past year can be summed up into two things: Chris Stapleton and “Girl Crush.” LBT smashed records with “Girl Crush” and are definitely taking home the trophy for Single Record of the Year.

Video of the Year

“Biscuits,” Kacey Musgraves
“Burning House,” Cam
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
“Mr. Misunderstood,” Eric Church
“Riser,” Dierks Bentley

Cam deserves recognition for the immense success of “Burning House.” This video is beautifully done: emotional, raw, and unique. This song was huge this year and is sure to continue to be popular over time (if only “Girl Crush” didn’t squash its chances of winning even more well-deserved awards).

Song of the Year

“Burning House,” Cam
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
“Nobody to Blame,” Chris Stapleton
“Raise ‘Em Up,” Keith Urban feat. Eric Church
“She Don’t Love You,” Eric Paslay

Girl Crush. Girl Crush. Girl Crush. No questions asked.

Vocal Event of the Year

“Hangover Tonight,” Gary Allan (Feat. Chris Stapleton)
“Home Alone Tonight,” Luke Bryan (Feat. Karen Fairchild)
“Raise ‘Em Up,” Keith Urban (Feat. Eric Church)
“Smokin’ and Drinkin’,” Miranda Lambert (Feat. Little Big Town)
“Wild Child,” Kenny Chesney (Feat. Grace Potter)

Keith Urban and Eric Church should take home this award. Not only does this song combine the talents of two hugely popular and trending artists, but it is also a catchy, well-written piece that gained a lot of traction upon its release. 



You can watch the 51st Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on CBS Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 8PM EDT. For more information about the event or nominees, visit