Artist of the Year – 2015 Taste of Country Fan Choice Awards
The winner of the Taste of Country Fan Choice Awards Artist of the Year award is the man, woman or group who made the biggest impact on country music in 2015. You'll find a few familiar superstar names, but you'll also find one or two groundbreaking newcomers that overcame obstacles to achieve big things this year.
Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Blake Shelton are three returning nominees from 2014. These men find themselves alongside Kenny Chesney and Carrie Underwood in the superstar category, but first-timers like Sam Hunt and Kelsea Ballerini could give them a run. Ballerini became the first female in nearly three years to notch a No. 1 hit, and she did it on an independent record label.
Little Big Town make this category on the strength of "Girl Crush," a moving heartbreaker that had the country music community talking all spring and summer. This track from the Pain Killer album is up for multiple CMAs, so the odds are good the quartet will be bringing home some sort of hardware in 2015. Only fans decide the ToC Fan Choice Awards, however.
Vote up to once every hour until the poll closes at 11:59PM ET on Nov. 30. Last year's winner in this category was Brantley Gilbert, and previous Artist of the Year winners include Taylor Swift. Click the button below to vote for the next category, the Unforgettable Onstage Moment of the Year.