In 2018, The Boot introduced the Golden Mic Awards, and in 2019, the reader-voted digital awards series is returning for another year! Recognizing the best in live country and Americana music, The Boot's Golden Mic Awards feature nine categories of staff-selected nominees who rule the stage.

Five of the 2019 Golden Boot Awards categories recognize touring acts of varying sizes -- Best Stadium Act, Best Theater Act, Best Club Act, Best New Live Act and Best Regional Live Act -- while the other four honor artists' backing bands, this year's biggest tours, incredible live moments from throughout the past year and some truly legendary live performers. A complete list of nominees is below; click each category name to go vote.

Readers are now able to vote for their preferred winner in each category as often as once per hour through 11:59PM ET on May 22. We'll announce the winners on the site the next day, May 23.

​​2019 Golden Mic Awards Nominees​

Best Stadium Act​

Jason Aldean
Dierks Bentley
Garth Brooks
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Eric Church
Florida Georgia Line
Chris Stapleton
Carrie Underwood
Keith Urban

​​Best Theater Act

Kelsea Ballerini
Kane Brown
Luke Combs
Dan + Shay
Jason Isbell
Lady Antebellum
Maren Morris
Kacey Musgraves
Old Dominion
Margo Price

Best Club Act

Blackberry Smoke
Brothers Osborne
Tyler Childers
Devin Dawson
Ruston Kelly
Lanco
Ashley McBryde
Midland
Kip Moore
Morgan Wallen

Best New Live Act

Abby Anderson
Ingrid Andress
Jade Bird
Dillon Carmichael
Kalie Shorr
Mitchell Tenpenny
Tenille Townes
Joshua Ray Walker
Dee White
Yola

Best Regional Live Act

William Clark Green
Ray Wylie Hubbard
Cody Johnson
Josh Abbott Band
Robert Earl Keen
Carson McHone
Randy Rogers Band
Vandoliers
Aaron Watson
Koe Wetzel

​​Most-Anticipated Tour of 2019

Jason Aldean’s Ride All Night Tour
Luke Bryan’s Sunset Repeat Tour
Florida Georgia Line’s Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Tour
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit + Father John Misty’s co-headlining tour
Miranda Lambert's Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour
Thomas Rhett’s Very Hot Summer Tour
Chris Stapleton’s All-American Road Show
Carrie Underwood’s Cry Pretty Tour 360
Chris Young’s Raised on Country Tour
Zac Brown Band’s The Owl Tour

​​Live Legend​

Alabama
Clint Black
Garth Brooks
Kenny Chesney
Vince Gill
Alan Jackson
Willie Nelson
Dolly Parton
John Prine
George Strait

​Best Live Backing Band​

Jason Aldean
Garth Brooks
Eric Church
Florida Georgia Line
Jason Isbell’s 400 Unit
Ashley McBryde’s Deadhorse
Kacey Musgraves
Margo Price’s Pricetags
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

Live Moment of the Year

Dierks Bentley brings Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban onstage in Nashville
Clint Black, Jake Owen and Michael Ray make Randy Owen cry with impromptu Alabama cover
Brandi Carlile slays “The Joke” at the 2019 Grammy Awards
Eric Church and Joanna Cotton stun with live “Come Together” cover
The Highwomen debut at Loretta Lynn's birthday bash
Jason Isbell sings his A Star Is Born song
Maren Morris’ female friends surprise her at the Ryman for “My Church”
Willie Nelson and George Strait (finally!) share the stage in Nashville
Taylor Swift surprises Nashville crowd with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
Zac Brown Band plays with the Foo Fighters before the Super Bowl

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