First thing I want to say is thanks to everyone for all the support. Nominees, sponsors, #cmchat contributors, partners, fans, community, family each and everyone of you. We had 47,465 nominations between Twitter and our Facebook App. Being given those numbers was a WOW moment for me. Huge thanks to our Sponsor Hashtracking for helping track all the hashtags. We would still be counting if the results hadn’t been handed to us on a silver platter. Love it. I also want to say thanks to everyone who nominated both CMchatlive.com and me. It means the world to me, but it would’t be right, or fair for me to create these awards, then turn around and accept one. SPECIAL THANKS to Taylor Crawford and Cassie Wells, you guys are more than interns, you’re lifelines. COULD NOT have done it without you. Also my Mom for reminding me to eat, shower and sleep occasionally as well as my Boss Sissy for allowing me do all this.
The nominations process was designed to be completely organic. I stepped aside from all my industry friendships and steered clear of doing anything I thought might influence, other than the support of artists who had contributed to our, “All About the Shirt” Promo. I wanted it to be fair and not a mirror of my choices, or #CMchat/CMchatlive.com’s editorial reflections. I threw it out to the world and let “the picture paint itself,” with very few rules, except a daily cap on votes and some loose definitions of categories, PLUS the words “must follow social media content producer.”
Deciding who you love to follow online was left up to you. While last year I think people tended to vote more towards “popularity,” this year there people really paid attention to who gives them the best social media content online, that they love to consume.
The other thing interesting was the addition of the the Facebook App. Twitter was much more fun and fan based. I have more “industry” friends who know over 15+ years in/country music media. It had a feel like the difference between reach and frequency, which is why it was weighted 50/50 voting Twitter/Facebook. But the most voted nominees clearly blew away Twitter and Facebook nominations across the board.
One thing is for sure Brantley Gilbert fans DONT MESS AROUND. He was nominated for every category including Duo, Group, Label even Female, sorry folks wrong kind of tomatoes.
What an amazing thing to discover new artists I hadn’t heard of that I’ve added to my forever playlist.
Loved seeing some names in the Journalist category of people I’ve looked up to for years. Additionally websites we go to all the time for news/reference/info like CMA, iHeartRadio, Nashville’s own Tennessean showed up this year, as well as the new country news sites Rolling Stone Country. Additionally the ‘tell it like it is’ blogs of Saving Country Music and last years #CMchattys winner Twang Nation.
I think there were also more a “general public” vote this year, as well as the amazing broadcasting support we received from Big D and Bubba, Shawn Parr with Elaina Smith at Nash Nights and Buck Stevens. We also added a category that BLEW UP in votes: Must Follow DJ for Country Music Club/Concert/EDM/Mix DJs etc.
As far as competition, One-to-Watch was a TOUGH one this year, in hindsight I probably should have left a note that if a One-To-Watch Nominee is also on Male/Female/Duo/Group that we should pick one or the other, going into semi finals in order to open it up to more talent.
With that said, I did not see a few of my PERSONAL favorites to follow online ie Mickey Guyton, Sunny Sweeney, Kristian Bush. This prompted me to come up with #WildTweet, a category I added for the person who is like a “Miss/Mr congeniality of Country Music and Social Media” that didn’t show up as a nominee already. Read more about #WildTweet here.
Semi-Finals Voting continues now through Friday June 5 at 11:55 pm ET. You can vote via Twitter below by clicking on the Nominees name, as well as Facebook (click on pic to start voting below photo) and our Website! Brought to you by Chevrolet, Hostgator and Joe’s on Weed Street. Awards t-shirts presented by Team Cocktail Clothing & Accessories. Hashtags tracked and monitored by Hashtracking. Publicity Assistance from Monarch Publicity. VIP Awards party will be at Tin Roof in Nashville on Monday June 15. RSVP here.
Must Follow Headliner This award is presented by Chevrolet.
Florida Georgia Line
Must Follow Icon This award is presented by Chevrolet.
Must Follow Female
Must Follow Male
Must Follow Journalist
Buck Stevens – WBWN B104, Bloomington, IL
Fletcher Brown – WXFL KIX96, Alabama
Heather Froglear – KFRG K-Frog Riverside, CA
Pepper – KFRG K-Frog Riverside, CA
Kris Daniels – 102.7 The Coyote Las Vegas
Nikki Thomas – KATM Modesto, CA
Amy Paige – WSIX Nashville, TN
Rita Ballou – KOKE FM, Austin, TX
Shannon Black – KIIM FM Tucson, AZ
Sunny Leigh – 98.5 KVOO Tulsa, OK
@CassIsBadAss – Cassadee Pope
@dbcongress – Dierks Bentley
Kip & The Slow Hearts Kip Moore
LOCASH Army – LOCASH
Team Maddie and Tae – Maddie & Tae
Meghan Linsey MegaFans – Meghan Linsey
#BGNation – Brantley Gilbert
#MeuseMafia – Jess Meuse
#Swaggers – SaraBeth
#Yallers – Craig Wayne Boyd
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