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POLL: Who Should Win New Artist of the Year at the 2017 CMA Awards?

2017 CMA Awards New Artist of the Year prediction
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The 2017 CMA Awards will take place on Nov. 8, but before the stars align at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena for the 51st annual event, The Boot wants to know who our readers think will go home with the awards in each of the show’s 12 categories. We’ve rounded up the details on all of the nominees, from Musician of the Year to Entertainer of the Year, and we want your input.

The year 2017 brought to the forefront of country music some amazing up-and-coming talents. The five contenders for New Artist of the Year at the 2017 CMA Awards are flexing some serious muscle in the country world.

Lauren Alaina is enjoying the success of her first No. 1 hit, the title track from her album Road Less Traveled. She was named the runner-up of Season 10 of American Idol in 2011, and six years later, she’s getting her due. Luke Combs is another rising star who has made big waves this year, with a No. 1 debut single (“Hurricane“) and a headlining tour.

Old Dominion, meanwhile, are coming in hot thanks to a recent No. 1 single and a No. 1 album, their sophomore disc, Happy EndingsJon Pardi, too, has No. 1 hits (“Dirt on My Boots” and “Head Over Boots”) that have helped solidify his place as a new artist with a bright future; his latest single, “Heartache on the Dance Floor,” might not be about boots, but that doesn’t seem to be slowing it down.

Last but not least in this category, Brett Young has become a fixture in country music in 2017: Only one disc deep into his career, he has two chart-topping hits, “Sleep Without You” and “In Case You Didn’t Know.”

Who do you think should win New Artist of the Year at the 2017 CMA Awards? Vote in the poll below as often as once per hour through the end of the day on Nov. 5; The Boot will use the answers in our readers vs. staff predictions a few days prior to the ceremony.

The 2017 CMA Awards are scheduled to air on ABC on Nov. 8, at 8PM ET; the ceremony will take place live at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will host the ceremony for the 10th year in a row.

The Boot will be staying up late covering the most buzzed-about winners, fashion and moments at the 2017 CMA Awards. Readers can watch along with us by checking back to for the latest CMAs headlines, liking The Boot on Facebook and following The Boot on Twitter.

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