As 2013 comes to a close, the question has to be asked: Who in country music had the best year? Taste of Country has compiled a list of 16 candidates, split them into two groups and thrown open the voting booths. Now, it's up to you to decide: Who was the hottest country star of 2013?
Justin Moore's big country voice shines during the final choruses of 'Lettin' the Night Roll,' the second single from 'Off the Beaten Path.' His loyal fans will recognize the performance, and fans of country music will recognize the story he tells.
Tyler Farr's first three singles are a fair representation of his debut album 'Redneck Crazy.' There's a little pain, a little heart and a little cray-cray. The singer relies on his unique voice, but nothing about the project feels self-indulgent.
'Hope Is Just Ahead,' the new single from Billy Ray Cyrus, takes a big picture look at the world we live in while offering some consolation to those buried in a depressing news cycle. While it's not clear if the singer penned this song about any specific event, fans will no doubt recall horrible tragedies from the past 12 months every time they hear it.
'Stay' is the most important song of Florida Georgia Line's young career. The heartbreaker finds the two cocksure men bleeding and knocked down a few steps from the truck bed they confidently stood in for their first three singles. To sustain a lengthy country music career, Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard need to prove they're a well-rounded duo.
Little Big Town's new single 'Sober' is a sweet love song bathed in four-part harmonies reminiscent of the group's most popular cuts from the mid '00s. After three edgier singles, the quartet lightens up.
Two artists not known for their duets come together on Keith Urban's 'We Were Us.' The second single from 'Fuse' features Miranda Lambert as co-lead vocalist. It'd be woefully inaccurate to call this simply a "guest appearance," as it's her voice that opens the song.
Heavy rain showers didn't stop country music fans who'd come from all over to see Willie Nelson on Thursday night. Thousands packed Hunter Mountain in New York for the inaugural Taste of Country Music Festival. Ponchos, umbrellas, cold beverages and great country music kept fans in good spirits while the LoCash Cowboys, Parmalee and Nelson took the stage.
The big 2013 ACM Awards winners in Las Vegas were Miranda Lambert and Luke Bryan. Lambert took home three trophies, including Female Vocalist of the Year and Single and Song of the Year for 'Over You.' The singer couldn't help but become emotional as she accepted her fifth straight Female Vocalist trophy.
Country music's hottest stars walked the red carpet at the 2013 Grammy Awards, and while most shined, a few failed to impress on music's biggest night. Pictures of the worst dressed country stars from the 2013 Grammys don't quite compare to the worst dressed from the pop world -- did you see the moon man? -- but these three outfits were still less than flattering.
The biggest night in music is also one of the biggest nights in fashion, and the 2013 Grammy Awards did not disappoint. The best dressed artists from the red carpet took chances, but didn't go too far with a good idea. Country music's best dressed stayed on the right side of the line between exciting and eyesore.
Almost a quarter of a million votes were cast during Round 2 of the 2013 Taste of Country Bowl. All four matchups came down to the final day, with one being decided by a close margin, and another producing two winners. The Semi-Finals promise to be just as contested, with just six days for each team to prove that they're best in country music.
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