Five of the eight nominees for 2015 Taste of Country Fan Choice Awards New Artist of the Year notched No. 1 hits in the last 12 months, proving the next generation is strong. The other three still have a shot with their current single, but the top new artist will likely be the singer (or singers) that separate themselves from the group with a unique perspective, brand and style.

These eight have it. Find groups with "Break Up With Him" singers Old Dominion and "Smoke" hitmakers a Thousand Horses. Maddie & Tae and "Stay a Little Longer" singers Brothers Osborne make the duos, while Cam, Chris Janson, Kelsea Ballerini and Canaan Smith represent the solo artists.

Three female acts are a part of this year's class of New Artists, including Ballerini, the first solo female to notch a No. 1 hit in nearly three years. Janson's underdog story is a reminder to never give up on a dream (and to always listen to your wife), while Old D represent a group of guys who were just doing what they loved for fun, when all of a sudden it turned into something big.

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