POLL: Who Should Win New Artist of the Year at the 2014 CMA Awards?
It's every country newcomer's dream to be recognized for their efforts ... especially when the reward is a gleaming New Artist of the Year Award at the CMAs. In 2014, there are more than a few standouts in this category, which features four male singers and one songstress.
Ladies first: Brandy Clark has made quite an impact on country music already, even though she just released her debut album in October 2013. Here's why: She's one of the songwriting masterminds behind Miranda Lambert's 'Mama's Broken Heart' and the Band Perry's 'Better Dig Two,' among many others. With a slew of hits under her belt, she has a bright future as a solo artist.
Brett Eldredge's hit single 'Don't Ya' helped propel him into the ears of country music fans, and he was an opener for Taylor Swift's Red Tour; talent, good looks and a winsome personality make for a strong New Artist of the Year candidate. But don't count out Kip Moore; with the best-selling debut album by a male in 2012 and 2013, he's one to watch. And his upcoming second album will give fans exactly what they want ... more of Moore.
Thomas Rhett is up for the award as well -- and it's no surprise. He's co-written for the likes of Jason Aldean, Lee Brice and Florida Georgia Line, and it's about time he was recognized for his notable talent and burgeoning solo career.
Rounding out the talent pool is Cole Swindell. Although his debut single is titled 'Chillin' It,' the singer is definitely a hot topic in the country music industry. He went from selling merch on Luke Bryan's tour to writing for the best in the business and a gold-certified single, and Swindell is only going to get hotter.
Who should win New Artist of the Year at the 2014 CMA Awards? Vote below as often as once an hour until the end of the day on Sunday, Nov. 2. We’ll tabulate the results and use them for our 2014 CMA Awards winners predictions the week before the show.