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Op-Ed: Academy of Country Music Awards predictions — Top Vocal Group

Posted Mar 27, 2013 by Markos Papadatos
The Band Perry, Eli Young Band, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town and the Zac Brown Band are all vying for the 2013 Academy of Country Music (ACM) award for "Top Vocal Group." Who will win?
Little Big Town is nominated for the 2013 ACM award for  Top Vocal Group  and they are the favorite ...
Little Big Town is nominated for the 2013 ACM award for "Top Vocal Group" and they are the favorite to win.
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The Band Perry received only one nomination in this year's ACM awards, so their chances of winning here are slim. Their forthcoming studio album Pioneer will be released next week, so if it they were to take home a win it'll be in next year's ceremony.
The Zac Brown Band won a Grammy this year for "Best Country Album" for Uncaged, but that will not be enough to guarantee them a win. Same holds true for Lady Antebellum. Although they are the reigning ACM "Vocal Group of the Year" winners, they will most likely pass on their crown to Little Big Town next week.
The Eli Young Band has two No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Charts which included "Crazy Girl" and "Even If It Breaks Your Heart," but their biggest competition is going to be Little Big Town, which were unstoppable this year.
Little Big Town's "Pontoon" peaked at the top of the Billboard Hot Country Charts and their follow-up single "Tornado" reached No. 2. Their album Tornado stayed at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Album Charts for five weeks, proving that they are true force to be reckoned with. They won two Country Music Association (CMA) awards this year for "Single of the Year" for "Pontoon" and they were named "Vocal Group of the Year" there. On top of all of these honors, they bested out some stiff competition (Taylor Swift and Alison Krauss) to pick up their first Grammy award for "Pontoon" in the "Best Country Duo/Group Performance" category. Little Big Town is also long-overdue, since over the years a lot of their top-notch musical work has been overshadowed by other artists. Now their time has come for a win.
This should be one of the biggest locks come ACM night on April 7. Look for Little Big Town to be at the podium to accept the award for ACM's "Vocal Group of the Year."