Album of the Year: 2016 Taste of Country Fan Choice Awards
The nominees for Album of the Year in the 2016 Taste of Country Fan Choice Awards are an interesting mix of young and veteran artists, working in a variety of commercial and more cutting-edge aspects of the format to encompass everything that's great about country music right now.
Keith Urban is a veteran who went edgier and struck pay dirt on Ripcord, easily one of his most diverse collections to date. Brandy Clark reaffirmed her status as one of country's greatest singer-songwriters with her sophomore release, Big Day in a Small Town, while Maren Morris brought together traditional and contemporary elements for her smash debut, Hero.
Dierks Bentley broke new ground on his latest, Black, and Jake Owen took a different turn for American Love as well. Florida Georgia Line displayed a new depth on Dig Your Roots, and Drake White demonstrated he has the musical Spark required to deliver a great debut.
Brothers Osborne brought an edgy hip to the country format with their full-length debut, Pawn Shop, while Vince Gill proved an older dog might still surprise with some new tricks on Down to My Last Bad Habit.
Which of these is country music's best album of the year for 2016? Vote as often as once each hour until the poll closes at 6PM ET on Nov. 30, and then click the button underneath to take a look at the nominees in the other categories in the 2016 Taste of Country Fan Choice Awards.