Album of the Year – 2012 Taste of Country Awards
Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood ... 2012 was a great year for superstar albums. Which release was your favorite of the year? The Taste of Country award for Album of the Year is one of the most prestigious of honors. Last year, the win went to Blake Shelton for 'Red River Blue,' and he was just named CMA Entertainer of the Year!
Ten artists are included in this year's category, including new releases from superstars, plus newcomers like Love and Theft and Kip Moore. To qualify, an album must have been released after Jan. 1, 2012. Staff opinion and reader input were used to determine the nominees, in addition to sales figures and single success. Below is a short recap of each album with sales figures as of Dec. 1, 2012.
Carrie Underwood, 'Blown Away'
Sold: Approx. 950,000
Singles: 'Good Girl,' 'Blown Away,' 'Two Black Cadillacs'
Dierks Bentley, 'Home'
Sold: Approx. 225,000
Singles: 'Am I the Only One,' 'Home,' '5-1-5-0,' 'Tip It on Back'
Jason Aldean, 'Night Train'
Sold: Approx. 700,000
Singles: 'Take a Little Ride,' 'The Only Way I Know'
Kenny Chesney, 'Welcome to the Fishbowl'
Sold: Approx. 515,000
Singles: 'Feel Like a Rock Star,' 'Come Over,' 'El Cerrito Place'
Kip Moore, 'Up All Night'
Sold: Approx. 230,000
Singles: 'Somethin' 'Bout a Truck,' 'Beer Money'
Lee Brice, 'Hard 2 Love'
Sold: Approx. 260,000
Singles: 'A Woman Like You,' 'Hard to Love,' 'I Drive Your Truck'
Little Big Town, 'Tornado'
Sold: Approx. 390,000
Singles: 'Pontoon,' 'Tornado'
Love and Theft, 'Love and Theft'
Sold: Approx. 50,000
Singles: 'Angel Eyes,' 'Runnin' Out of Air'
Taylor Swift, 'Red'
Sold: Approx. 2 million
Singles: 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,' 'Begin Again'
Zac Brown Band, 'Uncaged'
Sold: Approx. 620,000
Singles: 'The Wind,' 'Goodbye in Her Eyes'