Welcome to the fourth annual Golden Boot Awards! The Boot’s fan-voted digital awards, the Golden Boot Awards will, in 2017, feature 10 categories of staff-selected nominees who made waves in the country music world between May 2016 and April 2017. Readers can vote for their preferred winner in each category as often as once per hour through 11:59PM ET on June 4. We’ll announce the winners on the site the following Monday (June 5).

The last 12 months have given country and Americana fans the gift of so many phenomenal albums, but only one will be crowned the Golden Boot Awards 2017 Album of the Year. Readers can select their pick in the poll below -- but first, a little bit about this year's nominees.

Dierks Bentley released his newest album, Black, in May of 2016. The record is Bentley's eighth studio album and is a well-rounded nod to his growth as an artist and a person. Brandy Clark's sophomore album, Big Day in a Small Townis in the running as well. The disc includes the track “Girl Next Door” and background vocals from Kacey Musgraves, and helped build on Clark's reputation as a talented artist in addition to a phenomenal songwriter.

Album of the Year contenders in the 2017 Golden Boot Awards also include the Drive-By Truckers' 11th studio release, American BandFlorida Georgia Line's third album, Dig Your Roots; and Miranda Lambert double album, The Weight of These Wings. Another nominee, Maren Morris' freshman album, Hero, debuted at the top of Billboard‘s Top Country Albums chart, while Sturgill Simpson's A Sailor’s Guide to Earth won Best Country Album at the 2017 Grammys.

Lastly (though far from least), this Golden Boot Awards category features Keith Urban's Ripcordreleased in May of 2016. The record includes, among others, the hit singles “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,″ “Break on Me” and “Wasted Time.”

Please note: Cheating will not be tolerated, and any voter found to be cheating will have their votes disqualified. A captcha has been put in place to prevent cheating. If you cannot read the captcha, press the top blue button next to it to refresh to a new one, or press the middle blue button to have the polling system read the captcha to you.

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