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Ballot Cheat Sheet: Who Will Win?

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Entertainer of the Year

• Luke Bryan

• Miranda Lambert

• Blake Shelton

• George Strait

Keith Urban

The cowboy did indeed ride away from touring this year, so King George is the sentimental favorite. But voters may feel it’s time for Luke—or Miranda—to take the top prize.

Female Vocalist

• Miranda Lambert

• Martina McBride

• Kacey Musgraves

• Taylor Swift

Carrie Underwood

She and Carrie were a dream team on “Somethin’ Bad,” but Miranda is in a class by herself here. A record-setting fifth win seems undeniable.

Male Vocalist

• Dierks Bentley

• Luke Bryan

• Eric Church

• Blake Shelton

Keith Urban

Blake and Miranda have scored his and her trophies the past four years, but with three No. 1s just this year, it feels like Luke’s turn.

Vocal Group

• The Band Perry

• Eli Young Band

• Lady Antebellum

• Little Big Town

• Zac Brown Band

With a buzzed-about new album and a lot of industry love, LBT should make it a three-peat here.

Album of the Year

• Crash My Party, Luke Bryan

• Fuse, Keith Urban
• The Outsiders, Eric Church

• Platinum, Miranda Lambert

• Riser, Dierks Bentley

Will it be Luke’s smash or Eric’s genre-bender? In a wide-open field, Miranda may beat them both.

New Artist

• Brandy Clark

• Brett Eldredge

• Kip Moore

• Thomas Rhett

• Cole Swindell

While Rhett’s had a big year, Eldredge stands out from the bro-pack. And don’t count out critical darling Clark.

Vocal Duo

• Dan + Shay

• Florida Georgia Line

• Love and Theft

• The Swon Brothers

• Thompson Square

Whether in sales or chart toppers, no other duo comes close to FGL.