After several weeks of fan voting, the finalists for the 2015 ACM New Artist of the Year award have been announced. The finalists are Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell. Or as I like to refer to them as: Curly, Larry and Moe. The artists that missed out on being finalists were Tyler Farr, Brett Eldredge, Kip Moore, Chase Rice and Dan + Shay. So for those unaware before, you now know that this year’s ACM Award for New Artist of the Year was nothing but a sausage fest. Not a single female artist sniffed the award, which is a crying shame.
So breaking down these finalists, in my eyes none of them are deserving of winning the award. First you have Sam Hunt, whose popularity is absolutely soaring right now and is the odds on favorite to win this award. His metro-politan music (kudos to Trigger at Saving Country Music for making the perfect term for this music) that isn’t country in any way possible is dominating the airwaves and at the same time poisoning the genre. People who hate actual country music are flocking to this guy and in the process raking in tons of money for suits on Music Row.
Then you have Thomas Rhett, who has yet to make a single song to impress me. I mean at least Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line have at least made one song apiece that I like, but I’ve literally hated every song Rhett has released. He’s in the argument for artist who cashed in hardest on the bro country fad. Nobody would have any idea who this untalented guy is if it wasn’t for him whoring himself out to the popular sound. And having a dad who was once a popular country artist helps too.
Speaking of not having any talent, I can pretty much say the same thing for Cole Swindell as I did for Rhett above. Minus the famous father of course. Then again he also has the famous connection with Luke Bryan, as his previous career was slinging merchandise for Bryan. Never before have I seen an artist so devoid of charisma in his music. As I described Swindell in my rankings of mainstream country artists last year, he’s like a meal of dry bread and lukewarm water. Does that sound appealing to you? This guy is Luke Bryan-lite and once bro country is gone, Swindell should be gone with it.
So that’s your choices for 2015 ACM New Artist of the Year. What do you think of these motley nominees?