Artist of the Year – 2015 Taste of Country Awards
Some of country music's biggest and brightest had big years in 2014, but only one of them can take home Artist of the Year in the 2015 Taste of Country Awards.
Jason Aldean just keeps getting bigger and bigger. He released his sixth studio album, 'Old Boots, New Dirt,' in 2014, scoring one of the fastest-breaking hits of his career with its lead single, 'Burnin' It Down.' He also embarked on an enormous tour that saw him performing in the biggest venues in the country, as well as select stadiums.
Miranda Lambert carried the torch for women in country music in 2014, releasing a new album, 'Platinum,' and several hit singles, including 'Automatic' and 'Somethin' Bad,' a duet with Carrie Underwood. She also won both Single and Female Vocalist of the Year at the CMAs, making her the most prominent female artist in country music in the last year.
Garth Brooks came roaring back after 13 years away, releasing a new album, 'Man Against Machine,' that defied expectations to go Platinum and also mounted a comeback tour that sold out multiple nights in every market it visited. Luke Bryan continued to mine his most recent album, 'Crash My Party,' for hits and undertook more tour dates on his That's My Kind of Night Tour in some of the country's largest venues. Bryan also took home Entertainer of the Year honors at the 2014 CMA Awards.
Brantley Gilbert cemented his position as one of country's hottest younger stars with the success of his third studio album, 'Just as I Am,' and Eric Church's 'The Outsiders' album and tour verified him as one of country's most successful -- and critically acclaimed -- artists. Blake Shelton had another big year, too, releasing a new album, 'Bringing Back the Sunshine,' touring, winning Male Vocalist of the Year at the CMAs and coaching Craig Wayne Boyd to victory on 'The Voice' as a member of Team Blake.
Which one of these country stars deserves to take home Artist of the Year honors in the 2015 Taste of Country Awards? Vote below as often as once an hour until the poll closes at 11:59PM ET on Monday, Feb. 2.
Best of Country Music in 2014