The fans have spoken! Superstars Blake Shelton and Carrie Underwood are the big winners in Cox Media Group’s first-ever, fan-voted RARE COUNTRY AWARDS, it was announced yesterday via social media. Blake garnered two awards for “Male Artist of the Year” and “Story of the Year,” while Carrie Underwood landed “Female Artist of the Year” and “Tour of the Year.” Additional winners include Kane Brown as “New Artist,” Scotty McCreery as “Grand Ole Opry® Moment,” Joey + Rory as “Duo/Group” and Miranda Lambert as “Fan Moment” of the Year. Charlie Daniels was chosen last month as Rare Country’s “Humanitarian” of the Year.
Fans of winning artists in select categories were chosen to announce the winners via Twitter and were revealed individually throughout the day yesterday. Artists such as Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Kane Brown and Scotty McCreery also posted personal acceptance videos on social media, thanking fans for their support.
In mid-November, the RARE COUNTRY AWARDS nominated 35 different acts in eight different categories. Fan voting on RareCountryAwards.com took place for four weeks, accompanied by unprecedented activity on social media.
Below is the final list of winners for the 2016 RARE COUNTRY AWARDS:
Rare Country Female Artist of the Year
Rare Country Male Artist of the Year
Rare Country Duo/Group of the Year
Rare Country Grand Ole Opry® Moment of the Year
- Scotty McCreery sings “Five More Minutes” as a tribute to his grandfather
Rare Country New Artist of the Year
Rare Country Tour of the Year
- Carrie Underwood – “The Storyteller Tour – Stories in the Round” – Special Guests: Easton Corbin, The Swon Brothers
Rare Country Story of the Year
- Blake Shelton’s post-divorce comeback song “Came Here to Forget”
Rare Country Fan Moment of the Year
- Miranda Lambert gets emotional over soldier’s sign in Hartford, CT
Rare Country Humanitarian of the Year
The Rare Country Awards is the first all-digital awards experience to honor the year’s best in country music, as determined solely by Rare Country fans. The inaugural awards celebrate the authenticity of country music and the unique connection between artists and their fans. Visit www.rarecountryawards.com for the complete list of winners.