Rascal Flatts has a request for Little Big Town at the CMA Awards  ABC Radio video screenshot
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Things are electric in Nashville this week as songwriting organizations SESAC, ASCAP and BMI host their annual country awards in the days preceding the World Series of country music, the CMA Awards. While the country music industry is often compared to a family, there’s also an air of fun and friendly competition this week, and even those stars nominated for an award can be objective when picking a winner in their category.

For example, Rascal Flatts doesn’t pick themselves to win in the Vocal Group of the Year category … although, they would like to.

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Jay, Gary and Joe Don sat down with ABC Radio and assessed their chances of winning. “Little Big Town is getting hard to beat,” Jay said of the group that has won in the competitive category every year since 2012. “They’re an automatic shoe-in.”

Jay good-naturedly admitted, “I hope that Little Big Town doesn’t break our record. I love them, I just don’t want them to break our record.” But not to worry, Jay. One more win for Little Big Town would actually only tie them with Rascal Flatts at six wins each in the category.

Still, we get it, fellas, and it’s an impressive feat But your place in the country music history books is firmly locked in, no matter what!

Interestingly Gary has a different pick for this year’s winner. “I think Old Dominion is going to win it this year, Group of the Year,” he said.

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In the video above, Jay speaks about breaking the Statler Brothers’ record in the Vocal Group category. While both Rascal Flatts and the Statlers have each won the award six consecutive times, according to our research, the Statlers still have a commanding lead, having also won it an additional three times—in 1989, 1980 and 1984—giving them nine wins in total.


Best of luck to all of this year’s nominees at the CMA Awards, which broadcast live from Nashville on Nov. 8.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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