As you know the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards air this Sunday, April 6th at 8/7c. It’s one of the best musical events of the year, and with the Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan tag team hosting again, you definitely do not want to miss it!
But before Blake & Luke (#Bluke) announce the winners and Las Vegas is rockin’ with performances from our favorite country artists, we want to hear your picks. Vote below in our ACM polls!
After several days of fan bases battling out, the winners have been declared. Your favorite female country music veteran is Shania Twain, and your favorite male country music veteran is Garth Brooks. Just behind Shania were the queen of country music herself, Reba McEntire, and the beautiful songstress, Martina McBride. Riding in Garth’s coattails were the king of country music, George Strait, and country crooner, Vince Gill.
Now that you all have narrowed your choices to one female and one male favorite, it’s time for the artists to go head-to-head for Keepin’ It Country‘s ultimate favorite veteran! Shania and Garth, let the odds be ever in your favor. Let the games begin!
We have polled our readers and followers about their favorite new and current hit-making artists. However, there is a whole class of artists who were (intentionally) left off these lists. Those artists are the ones who helped shape country music into the force it is today. Without these individuals who paved the way for the new artists you all know and love, country music may still be struggling to find its way on to the proverbial music map. Those artists are your beloved country music veterans (defined as those who were prominent in country music prior to the 21st Century)!
Let’s duke it out, country music lovers! Vote for your favorite female and male country music veterans and the winners will jump in the ring and go head-to-head to determine Keepin’ It Country‘s all time favorite veteran! Keep it classy, country folks. We all have different tastes and none of us is wrong for our choices. A good, friendly battle is healthy for the soul, but a Hatfield and McCoy situation is better left in the Old West!
Favorite Female Veteran
Shania Twain (35%, 391 Votes)
Reba McEntire (27%, 308 Votes)
Martina McBride (26%, 297 Votes)
Terri Clark (4%, 41 Votes)
Dolly Parton (3%, 30 Votes)
Faith Hill (2%, 24 Votes)
Patty Loveless (1%, 14 Votes)
Trisha Yearwood (1%, 12 Votes)
Jo Dee Messina (1%, 9 Votes)
Bonnie Raitt (0%, 7 Votes)
Total Voters: 1,133
Favorite Male Veteran
Garth Brooks (28%, 224 Votes)
George Strait (26%, 212 Votes)
Vince Gill (14%, 110 Votes)
Tim McGraw (11%, 93 Votes)
Alan Jackson (7%, 57 Votes)
Kenny Rogers (5%, 40 Votes)
Willie Nelson (4%, 36 Votes)
Kenny Chesney (3%, 25 Votes)
Toby Keith (2%, 17 Votes)
Total Voters: 814
The polls will close on Monday, January 13, at 12:00pm EST, so get your votes in for your favorites!
Who do you think deserves the title of “Best Artist of 2013″? We don’t think this list of unbelievable talents could make the decision here any tougher and we know you adore them, but we need you to pick just one. Let us know which of these elite artists gets your vote for 2013.
CMA New Artist of the Year, Kacey Musgraves, was censored during her performance of her single, “Follow Your Arrow.” at the CMA Awards on Wednesday night. The word targeted was “joint” and it was bleeped out of the ABC television broadcast. Twitter was abuzz with whether the censorship was necessary. It seemed a bit surprising since content much more inappropriate is and was permitted to be aired. All I have to say is that if drug references were always censored from broadcast TV, some hip-hop artists may have no lyrics left to sing.
Anyway, we want to know your opinion. Do you think Musgraves’ “joint” lyric should have been censored?