Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift Leading Six Taste of Country Awards Categories With One Week Left to Vote
Female country singers — especially Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift — are dominating the 2012 Taste of Country Awards with just seven days left for fans to vote. The superstars are pulling away from the competition in six of the 10 categories.
Casey James, Hunter Hayes and Jason Aldean are also in the mix for many. There’s still plenty of time for a comeback in every category, including Artist of the Year — in which Swift is just three percentage points ahead of Underwood, with Luke Bryan in third place. The two blonde starlets are within two percentage points of one another in the Album and Song of the Year categories as well, while ‘Wanted’ by Hayes is in a statistical tie for third (alongside ‘Over You’ by Miranda Lambert and ‘Cruise’ by Florida Georgia Line) for Song of the Year. Aldean’s ‘Night Train’ is in third for Album.
Best New Artist is a shootout between James and Hayes, but with Brantley Gilbert in third place, neither singer should feel comfortable. Swift is leading Brad Paisley by 11 percentage points in the Live Act of the Year category — but she trails Underwood in the Best Dressed Artist category by 10 whopping percentage points.
It’s the non-musical categories in which Kellie Pickler is looking for a win. The first image of her shaved head is ahead by nine points in the Picture of the Year award category (Underwood’s kiss with a 12-year-old is second), and she trails in the Heartwarming Moment of the Year category by just nine points.
Aldean’s slip of the tongue in Los Angeles leads Randy Travis‘s naked arrest in the Scandal of the Year category. Meanwhile, it’s Alan Jackson representing the legends for the Video of the Year. His clip for ‘So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore’ is currently third behind ‘Blown Away’ and ‘Safe & Sound.’
You can vote up to once every hour for your favorites in each category. Polls close at 11:59PM ET on Jan 15. Winners will be announced on Jan. 16.