Originally called the Horizon Award when introduced in 1981, the New Artist of the Year award is given to the developing artist that voters feel have demonstrated the most growth in their career during the past year.
Here’s a look back at CMA Single of the Year, starting with this year’s nominees.
When George Strait talks about pendulums, you’d be advised to listen.
2016 has claimed yet another icon in “Doctor” Ralph Stanley.
For the second year in a row, our seven writers – Kevin Coyne, Leeann Ward, Dan Milliken, Tara Seetharam, Ben Foster, Jonathan Keefe, and Sam Gazdziak – individually listed our twenty favorite albums and singles of the year. It’s a diverse crop of singles, some of which dominated country radio, while others were primarily heard in the Americana, bluegrass, and alternative country worlds. Today, we present the first half of our singles list, with the conclusion to follow tomorrow. Share your favorites in the comments!
“Someone Somewhere Tonight”
Individual rankings: #16 – Ben; #19 – Tara
A sweeping power ballad anchored by an intimate chorus and Pickler’s pleading sincerity. – Tara Seetharam
If you’re going to go for pure contemporary country escapist fun, I say this is the way to do it.
UPDATE: The contest is now closed. Congratulations to winner Dustin Donahue!
I don’t know about you, but we sure do love us some Easton Corbin here at Country Universe. His second album All Over the Road drops today, and the current single – the catchy two-step-friendly “Lovin’ You Is Fun” – has already become Corbin’s third Top 10 hit. For all the Easton Corbin fans among our readers, Country Universe is pleased to offer one autographed copy of All Over the Road to one of our readers.
Is it lightweight radio fluff? Yes.
Is it good at being lightweight radio fluff? Again, yes.