The voting for the Frightful 4 of Country Perspective’s 2016 Worst Country Artist Tournament is now over! We can now crown the winner of this tournament and as determined by you the readers, who is the absolute worst in country music in 2016. So who advances to the championship match…
The Frightful 4 certainly had some intrigue to it and it played out about how I expected it to go. On one side of the bracket we had #1 seed Sam Hunt take on #4 seed Florida Georgia Line. I pretty much expected Florida Georgia Line to get crushed considering they haven’t been nearly as bad lately as Hunt. The vote wasn’t even close, as Hunt crushed Florida Georgia Line. Hunt won 62% of the vote to Florida Georgia Line’s 38%. I thought Old Dominion belonged in this spot, but you the readers thought different and I’m not sure if they even would have made it closer. Hunt is an unstoppable force of awfulness right now and he’s been doing what a one seed should be doing in the tournament.
On the other side of the bracket we had #2 seed Thomas Rhett take on #6 seed Cole Swindell. This one was really close for the first half of voting, as it was a virtual deadlock after one day of voting. But in the second half of voting Rhett took control and didn’t look back. In the end Rhett got enough of a boost to win the match-up, gaining 54% of the vote to Swindell’s 46%. This is only a difference of 14 votes! Swindell had a pretty great run through the tournament and I was impressed by how close he kept it with Rhett. Look for Swindell to have a higher seed next year. Ultimately I think Rhett’s impact was the difference maker, as the quality between the two is pretty much the same.
So now we have our championship match in Country Perspective’s 2016 Worst Country Artist Tournament: #1 seed Sam Hunt versus #2 seed Thomas Rhett. The top two seeds will meet in a truly titanic match-up of terrible country music. This is the match-up I was hoping to see when I made this bracket, as the margin of difference between these two is pretty slim in my eyes. I’ve could have easily switched their seeding. But now you will decide! In one corner we have Sam Hunt, winner of our Worst Song of the Year award last year and a country artist who has never released an actual country song. Every one of his pop singles rises up the chart and hits number one. His impact and quality is off-the-chart bad. The same can be said of his opponent, Thomas Rhett. His entire career has been based on pandering to whatever is the popular trend at the moment and riding off nepotism. Not to mention he shamelessly rips off other artists like Sam Cooke, Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars. He’s been a strong force not only in the bro country era, but the metro bro era. This is truly a toss-up in every sense of the word.
Remember you can only vote once, as much as you want to vote for both. Seriously only one, as hard as it is here to choose just one. Thank you all to everyone who has voted and participated so far. It has been a truly enjoyable tournament to watch play out and I’m glad you all have enjoyed it too. This was a random idea that just came to me and I’m so glad to see such high receptiveness to it.
The polls for this round will open tonight at 4:00 PM ET! Spread the word to all you know and be sure to vote! May the worst win!