POLL: Who Should Win Male Vocalist of the Year at the 2015 ACM Awards?
Six of country music's leading men are nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year at the 2015 ACM Awards, all with hit albums, hot singles and legions of fans to their names. So, who do you think will take home the trophy?
Jason Aldean was one of just two country artists to earn a platinum album in 2014, with his Old Boots, New Dirt record; the disc also debuted at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard Top 200 chart when it was released in October. Aldean took some risks with his new tunes -- for example, the R&B-tinged lead single, "Burnin' It Down" -- but it paid off, in the case of that song with a platinum certification. The singer's 2015 Burn It Down Tour, a big show in and of itself, will be linking up with Kenny Chesney's The Big Revival Tour for some stadium dates this summer.
Dierks Bentley earned his fifth No. 1 debut and covered a lot of ground, subject-wise, with his newest album, Riser. The album's second single, "I Hold On," has been certified platinum, and his 2015 Sounds of Summer Tour is shaping up to be one of this year's hottest tickets.
Luke Bryan had the biggest touring year of his career in 2014, and he's continuing his hot streak with his 2015 Kick the Dust Up Tour -- and his very own Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit. The reigning CMA Awards Entertainer of the Year has said that he's "in the middle of" recording his next album, and he'll be co-hosting this year's ACM Awards ceremony with friend (and fellow Male Vocalist of the Year nominee) Blake Shelton.
Eric Church pushed the envelope with his The Outsiders record, and country fans ate it up, making the disc the only other country album (along with Aldean's Old Boots, New Dirt) to go platinum in 2014. The Outsiders earnined the top spot on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart when it debuted; Church had the fourth-biggest debut week among all artists in 2014. The new dad is continuing his The Outsiders World Tour, with dates currently scheduled through the fall.
In case anyone didn't already know, Brad Paisley knows how to have fun, and he proved it when he released Moonshine in the Trunk last year, sharing songs through social media and in other unique ways prior to the album's official debut. The road warrior will jump almost immediately from one tour to the next, with his Crushin' It World Tour set to begin in May.
ACM Awards co-host Shelton is on a hot streak: His newest single, “Lonely Tonight," is his 14th consecutive single to hit No. 1 -- and, yes, that's a record. The The Voice coach also made history last year as the first country singer to top the Billboard Artist 100 chart. And his 2014 release, Bringing Back the Sunshine, debuted at No. 1 on the multi-genre Billboard 200 chart.
Which guy should win Male Vocalist of the Year at the 2015 ACM Awards? Vote as often as once an hour in the poll below until the end of the day on April 15. We’ll tabulate the results and use them for our 2015 ACM Awards winners predictions the week before the show.
The 2015 ACM Awards will air live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on April 19 at 8PM ET on CBS.