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2023 ACM Awards: Snubs, Surprises, and Predictions

Country music's biggest party of the year is happening next month, and we're taking a deep dive into this year's nominations including the biggest snubs, surprises, and our predictions of who might take the award home.

New Female Artist Of The Year

  • Prediction: Megan Moroney who is known for “Tennessee Orange” which had a ton of online speculation to be about Morgan Wallen, I think she’s a front-runner because she just won a fan-voted CMT Award for Breakthrough Female Artist and is really well-respected by critics for her songwriting and originality.

  • Surprise: Caitlyn Smith is known for being the songwriter of Garth Brooks’ Tacoma. She's been established for a while as a songwriter so it's interesting to see her in a "new" category

  • Prediction: Morgan Wade could also take it home. Everyone fell in love with her song “Wilder Days and she is surely a critic favorite for her music.

New Male Artist Of the Year

  • Surprise: It's interesting to see Dylan Scott placed here since he’s been releasing consistent radio singles for years now. “My Girl,” “Hooked,” and “New Truck” are probably his stand-out songs.

  • Prediction: Both Bailey Zimmerman and Zach Bryan are the front-runners but technically their votes are going to be split from their label since they are both attached to Warner Music.

  • Snub: Jelly Roll who just won three fan-voted CMT Awards.

Female Artist of the Year:

  • Prediction: Lainey Wilson could win big again because she won this award at the CMAs last year.

  • Snub: Carrie Underwood was left out of the Female Artist of the Year category which is a rare instance especially because