POLL: Who Should Win Entertainer of the Year at the 2016 CMA Awards?
Entertainer of the Year is the biggest award on Country Music's Biggest Night. And this year's crop of nominees in the category are certainly a diverse crowd, though all deserving of the 2016 title. From record-breaking world tours to so many No. 1 songs, every one of these nominated artists has had a pretty epic year ... but only one can take home the trophy.
For an artist who "retired" over a decade ago, Garth Brooks has launched one heck of a comeback. Not only has he sold millions of tickets on his World Tour, played more than 200 shows and broken multiple records (so far!), Brooks also launched his very own radio station on SiriusXM this fall and kicked it off with an historic concert in Nashville. Brooks has been crowned CMA Entertainer of the Year an impressive four times, but not once since the 1990s. Will 2016 be the year he brings the title back home?
The reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year is nominated again this year, and considering the success that Luke Bryan has seen over the past year, it's no wonder why. Whether it was his 16th No. 1 single, a killer collaboration or another winter in paradise, Bryan has spent most of 2016 showing fans that he deserves to be crowned Entertainer of the Year for the third time in a row.
Chris Stapleton had a truly massive night at the 2015 CMAs, taking home a trophy in every category in which he was nominated, and in 2016, he's shown no signs of slowing down. Stapleton's "Fire Away" music video shines a light on mental illness in a heartbreakingly beautiful way; his duet with wife Morgane turned "You Are My Sunshine" into a bluesy rocker; and, most recently, it was announced that he will take home the prestigious ASCAP Vanguard Award just before the CMAs. Top it off with the most amazing (and tasty!) statue in the history of statues, and, yeah, we think Stapleton is having a pretty great year.
When Keith Urban released Ripcord, he was on the tail end of one of the most emotionally trying times of his life. The singer's father passed away while he was recording his newest studio album, and Urban says that his dad's influence is all over the record, especially in his latest single, "Blue Ain't Your Color." As the Aussie crooner and former American Idol judge pushed through 2016, the record-setting success of Ripcord and its subsequent tour proved that Urban's music speaks across generations, geographies and even tragedy. If that doesn't make him deserving of the Entertainer of the Year title, we don't know what does!
The only woman to be nominated this year, Carrie Underwood, is certainly worthy of this award. Following the release of her fifth album in October of 2015, Underwood has been on the road charming fans all over the world during her Storyteller Tour. Underwood also won the ACM Gary Huber Lifting Lives Award for her dedication to serving others, collaborated with fellow Entertainer of the Year nominee Urban and is co-hosting the CMA Awards for the ninth year in a row. And considering that only six female artists have ever been crowned Entertainer of the Year, it might just be the perfect time for Underwood to take home the trophy.
Who should win Entertainer of the Year at the 2016 CMA Awards? You can vote in the poll below as often as once an hour until 11:59PM ET on Oct. 31. We’ll compile the results for our readers vs. staff predictions the following day (Nov. 1).
The 2016 CMA Awards are set to air live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 2 on ABC at 8PM ET.
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