For those who follow college basketball or just a sport fans in general, you know that we’re currently in the midst of March Madness. 68 teams across the country will compete for the national championship in college basketball. While a lot of people love to watch it, follow it and fill out their brackets for it (including yours truly), not everyone does. But I came up with an idea that I know all of you reading would enjoy: Country March Madness! While the college basketball bracket determines the best team in the country, the Country March Madness has a slightly different end goal in mind. It will crown the absolute worst artist in country music. Behold Country Perspective’s 2016 Worst Country Artist Tournament bracket!
The bracket consists of 32 different artist with four unique regions. The committee that determined the seeding and participants are Derek and yours truly. The criteria to determine the seeding and participants were varied, but the main aspects that were considered in making this bracket were the longevity of terribleness, impact on the genre, the horrendous quality of their hits and their overall demeanor in their approach to making music. For example, Chris Lane may have the worst single out right now, but he’s only been around for a very short time and therefore a low seed. On the flip side you have someone like Cole Swindell, who has consistently churned out bad music for a fairly significant amount of time.
I know that there will be some complaints about the seeding and some artists getting left out of the tournament. To that I say: it’s never going to be perfect as everyone has different opinions. I did my best to balance it all out and properly seed each act to produce compelling and fair match ups. If you’re wondering who the first four artists out are (the artists who just missed making the tournament), they are: Jake Owen, Brett Eldredge, Toby Keith and Randy Houser. If you have any questions regarding any of this feel free to ask.
As you can see there are four different regions. In the top left hand corner, we have the Pop Artists Region. These are pop artists who make pop music and label it country. The #1 overall seed Sam Hunt rightly sits at the top and is the favorite to win it all. Below this we have the We’re A Group & We Suck Region. It’s pretty simple: these are country groups that suck. Florida Georgia Line has consistently been the worst group, so they sit at the top of this region. To the right of this we have the Georgia Region. The state of Georgia is infamous for churning out terrible country artists as of late and the majority of artists in this region are from the state. The godfather of bro country and Georgia native Luke Bryan rightly is the highest seed in the region. And finally we have the Good ‘Ol Bros Region. The artists in this region all gained their biggest hits at the height of bro country and some are now peddling Metro Bro music. Thomas Rhett is the poster boy of this music, so he leads this region.
Who will determine the winner? You will! How will you determine who to vote for? That’s entirely up to you! Just remember we’re crowing the worst country artist. Starting later today you will vote on each matchup and determine who advances each round. There will be polls for each matchup right on the site and you will only be allowed to vote once. I highly discourage trying to “stuff the ballot box” by finding away around being only able to vote once. One of the reasons why I chose a worst artist tournament over a best artist tournament is because of ballot box stuffing. I could just imagine the Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert super fans stuffing the polls to ensure they came out on top each round. I don’t see this being a problem in a worst artist tournament.
We will begin with voting in the Pop Artists Region and Georgia Region later today. You will only have a certain amount of time to vote for it, so be sure to cast your vote! This will be included at the top of every post with polls. Feel free to share it with your friends, as I would love to see lots of participation! I hope you all have fun with this and may the worst artist win…