2018 Golden Boot Awards: Vote Now for the Year’s Most Unforgettable Moment
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.
Country music history is full of breathtaking and life-changing moments, for audiences and artists alike. Some of those pieces of musical history, from throughout 2018, are gathered here for you to decide which one stands out among the rest in a year of very big moments.
Carrie Underwood debuted her moving anthem “Cry Pretty” at the 2018 ACM Awards in April, her first major public appearance after suffering a serious fall outside her Nashville-area home, which required surgery on her wrist and dozens of stitches in her face. The return was an emotional one for Underwood and all of her fans.
The Pistol Annies' long-awaited official reunion finally came to be with the November release of their album Interstate Gospel. The trio of Miranda Lambert, Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe appeared together at a smattering of shows before they dropped the album -- and it was worth the wait!
Bluegrass and country legend Ricky Skaggs picked up the mandolin of his mentor, the late Bill Monroe, to play it at his own Country Music Hall of Fame induction in October. The "Father of Bluegrass" came to life once again, for a few moments, thanks to Skaggs' stunning performance of "Will the Circle Be Unbroken."
In November, Garth Brooks serenaded his wife, Trisha Yearwood, with a live performance of his brand-new song, “Stronger Than Me," at the 2018 CMA Awards. It was the first time both Yearwood and everyone else watching at the show and at home were hearing the song.
Also at the 2018 CMA Awards, Keith Urban was taken by complete surprise when he won Entertainer of the Year. The well deserved moment speaks to the country superstar's talent and success in the 13 years since the last time he won the trophy.
Which of these five was 2018's most unforgettable moment? Cast your vote below!