My 2021 ACM Picks


While the CMA’s may be the Super Bowl of country music award shows, we can still have a good time picking this year’s winners of the ACM’s… Here we go!

Many of these categories eat at me because I don’t know that I agree with the nominations, but… let the guessing begin.

Album of the year
Born Here Live Here Die Here – Luke Bryan

Mixtape Vol. 1 – Kane Brown

Never Will – Ashley McBryde

Skeletons – Brothers Osborne

Starting Over – Chris Stapleton

MY WINNER: If I’m going with my heart, I go Kane just because I think it would mean the world to him because of getting snubbed for previous award nominations, but my head says: Chris Stapelton


Single of the Year
“Bluebird” – Miranda Lambert

“I Hope” – Gabby Barrett

“I Hope You’re Happy Now” – Carly Pearce & Lee Brice

“More Hearts Than Mine”– Ingrid Andress

“The Bones” – Maren Morris

MY WINNER: If The Bones hadn’t cleaned up at the CMAs I might have went with Maren, but I’m going with Miranda Lambert. Finally a song that isn’t a woe is me/heartbreak song from her. I’ve never been a Miranda superfan, but I could get use to songs like Bluebird.


Song of the year 

“One Night Standards” – Ashley McBryde
Songwriter(s): Ashley McBryde, Nicolette Hayford, Shane McAnally

“Some People Do” – Old Dominion
Songwriter(s): Jesse Frasure, Matt Ramsey, Thomas Rhett, Shane McAnally

“Starting Over” – Chris Stapleton
Songwriter(s): Chris Stapleton, Mike Henderson

“The Bones” – Maren Morris
Songwriter(s): Jimmy Robbins, Maren Morris, Laura Veltz

“Bluebird” – Miranda Lambert
Songwriter(s): Luke Dick, Miranda Lambert, Natalie Hemby

MY WINNER: So, song of the year is more for the songwriters than the performer of the song, not sure why but… I’ll pick One Night Standards.


Group of the year
Lady A
Little Big Town
Old Dominion
The Cadillac Three
The Highwomen

MY WINNER: Lady A had a great year, and maybe they pull an upset, but I think it’s still Old Dominion’s to lose.


Duo of the year
Brooks & Dunn
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae

MY WINNER: Dan + Shay running away… Unless they want to promote awareness and inclusiveness, then John and TJ Osborne may pull the upset.


Male artist of the year
Dierks Bentley
Luke Combs
Eric Church
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton

MY WINNER: Could honestly be anybody but Dierks… Not saying he isn’t deserving, I’m just saying the other 4 nominees have a better chance… I’ve got to pick one, heart says TR… head… Luke Combs


Female artist of the year
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Ashley McBryde
Maren Morris
Carly Pearce

MY WINNER: I think it’s a 2-woman race. Maren or Miranda… How Carrie isn’t even nominated after splitting EOY with Thomas Rhett last year is garbage, but I digress. ACM’s don’t mind publicity, I’ll go with Maren Morris.


Entertainer of the Year
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton


Will it truly be the artist we feel ‘entertained’ fans best during a year no-one could tour? If so, it’s either Combs or Rhett. I’ll flip a coin. Luke Combs


Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton co-host the ‘less serious’ of the 2 award shows, Sunday, April 13th on CBS @ 7pm…

Urban and AMC snub Carrie Underwood won a 2017 ACM for their collaboration on “The Fighter”.