Introducing the 2014 Golden Boot Awards — Vote Now For Your Favorite Artists!
Introducing the 2014 Golden Boot Awards, The Boot's first-ever fan-voted digital awards!
The Golden Boot Awards -- which will now occur annually -- debut with five categories: Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Music Video of the Year, Live Act of the Year and Artist of the Year. Each category features seven staff-selected nominees who made waves in the country world from May 2013 through April 2014.
Now it's up to you, our readers, to crown the winners. You can vote once per hour in each category until the polls close at noon ET on Monday, June 9.
Song of the Year
Lee Brice's 'I Drive Your Truck' took home both an ACM Award and a CMA Award for Song of the Year, but 'Mama's Broken Heart' also earned Miranda Lambert an ACM for Single Record of the Year. Still, they've got solid competition in Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Kacey Musgraves and Blake Shelton, whose nominated tracks are among the hottest tunes of the last 12 months.
Album of the Year
The competition is stiff in this category: Recent releases from Bentley, Church and Eric Paslay earned nominations, as did Fall 2013 albums from Brandy Clark, Alan Jackson and Kenny Rogers. The ACM Award-winning 'Same Trailer, Different Park' is the oldest album in the category, with a March 2014 release date, but people are still buzzing about Musgraves' debut disc, so it rounds out the nominees.
Music Video of the Year
Tim McGraw's 'Highway Don't Care' music video swept the video categories at both the CMAs and ACMs -- can he win a Golden Boot too? Or will Church, Musgraves or Shelton, whose songs are also nominated for Song of the Year, take this one home? The Band Perry, Little Big Town and Kellie Pickler complete the category with their visuals for 'Done,' 'Sober' and 'Someone Somewhere Tonight.'
Live Act of the Year
Between George Strait's the Cowboy Rides Away farewell tour, Taylor Swift's massive Red concerts and tours that feel more like parties hosted by Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan, the Live Act of the Year category is stacked. Church, Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band earned nods as well; all three acts should be on your can't-miss list if they come near you.
Artist of the Year
As the reigning CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year, and with his impending retirement, Strait is a strong contender for this category, but Lambert took home Female Vocalist of the Year at both the CMAs and ACMs; Aldean has this year's ACM Award for Male Vocalist of the Year, and Shelton has the CMA Award in the same category; and Musgraves picked up the CMA for New Artist of the Year. Add Bryan and McGraw as our final two nominees, and you've got a tough choice to make.