The 50th ACM Awards come out swinging April 19, and if you’re interested in some pretty solid betting odds for the winners, we’d pick anyone named Haggard, McEntire, Brooks, Dunn, or anyone hailing from Oklahoma.
We’ve looked at the top ACM honorees (Best Male Vocalist, Best Female Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year) dating back to 1965, and we’ve uncovered some interesting trends, focusing on artists who won any of those awards multiple times.
Firstly, Brooks & Dunn are the act with the most ACM awards at 27, across a variety of categories. Garth Brooks has the most Entertainer of the Year awards (six), Miranda Lambert is the most-awarded female overall, with 18 wins going back to 2006, while Reba McEntire has won Female Vocalist of the Year the most times (seven).
Geographically, however, things get interesting. The ACM Awards were actually created to “promote country music in the western 13 states” and correct a perceived favoritism towards Nashville. That’s why California-based artists like Glen Campbell and Merle Haggard initially dominated the early awards.
So if you look at which states have spawned the most ACM Award winners, it’s no surprise you end up with mostly western states. But the state that far and away dominates the awards isn’t a coastal state: It’s Oklahoma. Six different Okies have picked up major ACM Awards multiple times: Toby Keith, Vince Gill, Garth Brooks, Ronnie Dunn of Brooks & Dunn, Carrie Underwood and Reba McEntire.
Here are the other states that have each spawned a multiple-ACM-award-winning artist:
North Carolina: Randy Travis
California: Merle Haggard
Pennsylvania: Taylor Swift
Kansas: Martina McBride
Kentucky: Loretta Lynn
Arkansas: Glen Campbell
West Virginia: Brad Paisley
Australia (we know, not a state): Keith Urban
Infographic by Debra Cartwright for PEOPLE