2017’s Taste of Country Fan Choice Awards Winners Revealed!
The votes are all in, and the winners of the 2017 Taste of Country Fan Choice Awards include some outside-the-box artists whose fans really came through for them.
Voting for the fan-voted awards launched on Nov. 30, and fans got to vote on categories that included Best Netflix & Chill Soundtrack, the Hero Award, Best Artist/Fan Moment, Most Jaw-Dropping Performance, Woman of the Year, Cutest Baby Gender Reveal and Top Indie Artist of 2017.
All-time fan favorite Garth Brooks won Best Artist/Fan Moment for the amazing moment when he gave a fan the guitar off his back in concert, and Taste of Country readers voted Reba McEntire their Woman of the Year on the strength of her award-winning gospel album. The massive fan voting base that crowned Scotty McCreery the winner on American Idol came through for him again, giving him a big win for Indie Artist of the Year.
Those might have been easy to predict, but who knew tough guy Brantley Gilbert would take home Cutest Baby Gender Reveal? Kris Jones also posted a big win in the ToC Awards, and so did newcomer and Taste of Country RISERS artist Brett Young, while Neal McCoy's fans overwhelmingly handed him the Hero Award for taking a stand against kneeling during the national anthem with his new song, "Take a Knee ... My Ass."
Take a look at all of the winners in the 2017 Taste of Country Fan Choice Awards below.
2017 Taste of Country Fan Choice Awards Winners:
Best Netflix & Chill Soundtrack
Brett Young, "In Case You Didn't Know" - WINNER!
Sam Hunt, "Body Like a Back Road"
Chris Young, "Losing Sleep"
Dierks Bentley, "Black"
Lanco, "Greatest Love Story"
Lindsay Ell, "Waiting on You"
Dustin Lynch, "I'd Be Jealous Too"
Drake White, "Makin' Me Look Good Again"
The Hero Award
Neal McCoy, who took a stand against National Anthem kneelers - WINNER!
Kenny Chesney, who helped hurricane-ravaged areas
Jason Aldean, who was stoic after the Route 91 massacre
Miranda Lambert, who rescued dogs in Texas after the storms
Meghan Linsey, who kneeled in solidarity with NFL players
Austin Rick, who spoke out against sexual assault
Taylor Swift, who bravely faced a deejay who groped her
Best Artist/Fan Moment
Garth Brooks gives a fan his guitar - WINNER!
Luke Bryan meets a terminally ill fan in Cleveland
Dierks Bentley meets a wounded veteran in Virginia Beach
Lauren Alaina meets a blind fan in Indiana
Zac Brown Band visit a paralyzed fan in a Pennsylvania hospital
Rascal Flatts play a wedding gig in Wisconsin
Brett Eldredge and Edgar make Lily smile
Brett Eldredge surprises fans at WE Fest
Most Jaw-Dropping Performance
Kris Jones covers "Tennessee Whiskey" - WINNER!
Carrie Underwood's "Softly and Tenderly" at the 2017 CMA Awards
Eric Church singing "Why Not Me" at the Grand Ole Opry
Keith Urban singing "Female" at the 2017 CMA Awards
Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood sing "The Fighter" at the 2017 ACM Awards
Jason Aldean singing "I Won't Back Down" on 'Saturday Night Live'
Brett Young's RISERS cover of "Hallelujah"
Woman of the Year
Reba McEntire - WINNER!
Cutest Baby Gender Reveal
Brantley Gilbert's target practice brings out blue smoke - WINNER!
Hillary Scott shares two tiny dresses for her twin girls
Jason Aldean's girls go nuts over a baby brother
Thomas Rhett eats cake and learns he's having another girl
Lee Brice's baby girl comes by way of cupcake
Ashley Monroe's bikini pic reveals it's going to be a BIG boy
Jessie James Decker gets help to reveal a boy is on the way
Top Indie Artist
Scotty McCreery - WINNER!
Wherler Walker, Jr.
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