2018 Golden Boot Awards: Vote Now for the Living Legend Award
Welcome to the fifth annual Golden Boot Awards! The Boot’s fan-voted digital awards, the Golden Boot Awards feature 10 categories of staff-selected nominees who made waves in the country music world in 2018. Readers can vote for their preferred winner in each category as often as once per hour through 11:59PM ET on Jan. 27. We’ll announce the winners on the site on Jan. 28.
We're fortunate to be in an era when some of country music's greatest legends are still with us, yet many contemporary acts are securing their places in the genre's history. Artists from both of those camps are among this year's Living Legend Award nominees
It's been almost 30 years since Clint Black emerged onto the country music scene and became an instant classic with his unique sound and style. During those same three decades, Garth Brooks has made history with his repeated sold-out world tours and more hits than we can list. But Charlie Daniels and his legendary fiddle have been fan favorites in the genre for even longer, as has Vince Gill, who helped to bring traditional string music and rich harmonies back en vogue.
Alan Jackson has been setting trends for decades; he does his own thing, and the success he has enjoyed proves that it works. The legendary Kris Kristofferson, too, continues to draw audiences, while Loretta Lynn is as timeless as country music itself, releasing new music even after some health setbacks.
Reba McEntire never does seem to age; she's still got the same spunk and tenacity that made her famous decades ago -- and the same could be said for Willie Nelson, too. The Oak Ridge Boys are also still reeling in the fans, playing to big crowds and collaborating with some of today's biggest artists.
The iconic Dolly Parton keeps cranking out new music -- just like John Prine did when he fans with his first album of new music in 13 years in 2018. And while Kenny Rogers may have retired from the road, his presence in the genre is still felt.
Ricky Skaggs continues to keep the love of both bluegrass and traditional country music alive, while "King George," George Strait, is planning both more live shows and new music. Randy Travis has made a gradual (and heartwarming!) return to public life after his debilitating stroke, Shania Twain's new music, busy tour schedule and judging spot on Real Country have delighted fans worldwide in recent years.
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