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Blake Shelton, George Strait, Miranda Lambert
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Results of 2013 CMA Awards Predictions – Readers vs. Taste of Country Staff

Once again, the minority proved to be smarter than the majority when it came to picking winners for the 2013 CMA Awards. Actually, the minority proved smarter than ToC Staff, as well. Readers and staff picked less than half of the correct winners for country music's biggest awards show, but one team was a clear winner.

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Kellie Pickler, Danielle Bradbery
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Kellie Pickler vs. Danielle Bradbery – Hottest Country Star of 2013, Round 2

Country newcomer Danielle Bradbery came from behind to steal a win from Miranda Lambert during Round 1 of the ToC Hottest Country Star of 2013 competition. Can the singer carry that momentum into Round 2 and knock off Kellie Pickler? You'll decide who had the better year during this week's voting. 

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Blake Shelton vs. Jake Owen
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Blake Shelton vs. Jake Owen – Hottest Country Star of 2013, Round 2

Blake Shelton and Jake Owen are two artists known as much for their hit songs as for interacting with fans. They've each had a huge year personally and professionally, so deciding which should move on in the Round 2 voting of the ToC Hottest Country Star of 2013 competition is going to be difficult. 

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Taylor Swift vs. Carrie Underwood – Hottest Country Star of 2013, Round 2

Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift took very different paths to get to Round 2 of the Taste of Country Hottest Star of 2013 competition. The 'Blown Away' singer's fans destroyed their Round 1 competition, while Swifties waited until the final days and hours to surge past Sheryl Crow's faithful, winning by two percentage points. 

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Round 2 of ToC’s Hottest Country Star of 2013 Competition Pits Legends Against Rising Stars

There were comebacks, blowouts and razor thin margins of victory during the first round of voting to decide the hottest country star of 2013. Matchups for Round 2 should quickly become more intense, as the field is narrowed and the voting window is shortened. Who do you think had the best year this year?

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Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw
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Luke Bryan vs. Tim McGraw – Hottest Country Star of 2013, Round 2

Both Tim McGraw and Luke Bryan released new albums in 2013, and both embarked on high-profile successful summer tours. The two superstars' fans also had to work hard during their Round 1 matchup to decide who would move on in this competition to determine the hottest country star of 2013. Which of these two guys do you think had the better year?

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Kellie Pickler Kacey Musgraves
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Kellie Pickler vs. Kacey Musgraves – Hottest Country Star of 2013, Round 1

Kellie Pickler fans will tell you she released the best song of 2013, but Kacey Musgraves' faithful might say the same. Neither had a huge year on the country charts, but both of these Hottest Country Star of 2013 competitors made a splash in different ways. So, who had the better year? 

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Miranda Lambert Danielle Bradbery
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Miranda Lambert vs. Danielle Bradbery – Hottest Country Star of 2013, Round 1

Two country women with Blake Shelton in common will square off in this Round 1 matchup to decide the Hottest Country Star of 2013. Who had a better year, Miranda Lambert or Danielle Bradbery? A strong case could be made for both women, and both have very active fanbases willing to flood the poll until the end. 

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Carrie Underwood, The Band Perry
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Carrie Underwood vs. the Band Perry – Hottest Country Star of 2013, Round 1

It was another big year for Carrie Underwood. The singer watched 'Two Black Cadillacs' and 'See You Again' hit No. 1. She'll finish the year starring as Maria in 'The Sound of Music.' Of course, all this comes after her wildly successful Blown Away Tour. 

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Taylor Swift, Sheryl Crow
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Taylor Swift vs. Sheryl Crow – Hottest Country Star of 2013, Round 1

In the Hottest Female Country Star bracket, Taylor Swift has to be considered a favorite to win, but seven artists with very big and very loyal fanbases stand in her way. The 'Red' hitmaker's first competitor in the 2013 Hottest Country Star challenge is Sheryl Crow. Which singer do you think had a better year? 

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