Sam Hunt Wins Country Perspective’s 2016 Worst Country Artist Tournament

After weeks of voting and deliberating Country Perspective can crown its inaugural and 2016 Worst Country Artist Tournament Champion. Our champion came in as a favorite and he lived up to the billing. He came, he saw and he conquered. You the readers overwhelmingly chose him as the worst. Your 2016 Worst Country Artist Tournament Champion…

Sam Hunt Is The Worst in 2016

Sam Hunt!

The big championship finale between Sam Hunt and Thomas Rhett that I thought for sure would be close wasn’t even a contest. It was an absolute bloodbath, as Hunt destroyed Rhett in voting, as he took in a whopping 70% of the vote. Keep in mind Rhett is the same artist that gave us both “Get Me Some of That” and “Crash and Burn.” And he only pulled in 30% of the vote. That’s just how bad Sam Hunt is in the minds of the voters. To think Hunt is only one album into his “country” career and already he’s overwhelmingly the worst according to you the voters. It’s shocking, but then I’ll go and listen to “Break Up in A Small Town.” A minute into this and the shock evaporates. Also reaffirms why we gave it the Worst Song of the Year award last year.

Of course a champion needs a song to be played out on. In the NCAA Basketball Tournament they use “One Shining Moment” to play out the champion. Here at Country Perspective we prefer a different song to toast the champion. So ladies and gentlemen here’s “Friends In Low Places”…….performed by Florida Georgia Line!

Play this nearly five-minute song as you toast Sam Hunt! Once again your 2016 Worst Country Artist Tournament Champion, Sam Hunt!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the tournament, through voting, commenting and sharing this with everybody. It was a big success and I was very happy with the voter turnout. It was a lot of fun and I can’t wait to bring it back next year!

Here’s the final bracket:

Final Bracket Country Perspective's 2016 Worst Country Artist Tournament

Worst Country Artist 2016 Tournament: Vote on the Championship Match!

Championship Country Perspective's 2016 Worst Country Artist Tournament

Welcome to the Championship of Country Perspective’s 2016 Worst Country Artist Tournament! We’re now down to the final match-up! You know the drill: vote for who you think is the worst country artist in the match-up. The winner will be crowned Country Perspective’s 2016 Worst Country Artist. Remember you have until Thursday, April 7 at 6 PM ET to vote, so be sure to get your votes in! If you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments below.

 

Country Perspective’s 2016 Worst Country Artist Tournament: Championship

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…

Championship Country Perspective's 2016 Worst Country Artist Tournament

 

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!

Worst Country Artist 2016 Tournament: Vote on the Frightful Four!

Frightful Four Country Perspective's 2016 Worst Country Artist Tournament

Welcome to the semifinal of Country Perspective’s 2016 Worst Country Artist Tournament! We’re now down to the Frightful Four. You know the drill: vote for who you think is the worst country artist in the match-up. Remember you have until Saturday, April 2 at 1 PM ET to vote, so be sure to get your votes in! If you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments below.

 

Country Perspective’s 2016 Worst Country Artist Tournament: The Frightful 4

The voting for the Egregious 8 of Country Perspective’s 2016 Worst Country Artist Tournament is now over and we’re even closer to crowing who’s the worst of all. The voting wasn’t quite as tight as I expected to be, but it was still pretty close for the most part in three of the polls. So who are the Frightful Four?

Frightful Four Country Perspective's 2016 Worst Country Artist Tournament

 

We start in the Pop Artists Region Final where #1 seed Sam Hunt easily beat #9 seed Kane Brown. Hunt netted nearly 66% of the vote, while Brown just got over 34%. It was the only true blowout in this round of voting, as Brown never really got close to toppling Hunt. Brown had a pretty good run in the tournament considering he’s just starting out and hasn’t even fully realized his awfulness yet. I’m sure we’ll see him back next year. As for Hunt, it has been his tournament to lose and he’s living up to the #1 seed he deservedly got. I fully expected him to make it here. Of course his next opponent will be his toughest yet…

That is of course the winner of the match-up in the We’re A Group & We Suck Region Final, where #4 seed Florida Georgia Line took on #5 seed Old Dominion. I expected this one to be the closet and while the early stages lived up to my expectations, the gap widened later in voting. In what I would call a surprise, Florida Georgia Line takes down Old Dominion, with Florida Georgia Line gaining over 58% of the vote and Old Dominion getting just over 41% of the vote. I was fully expecting Old Dominion to just edge out Florida Georgia Line, as their horribleness as been more on display and prevalent lately. But in the end Florida Georgia Line’s impact seemed to be the deciding factor. Personally I would have chosen Old Dominion, but it’s not up to me of course.

In the Good ‘Ol Bros Region Final #2 seed Thomas Rhett won comfortably over the Cinderella of the tournament, #10 seed Chase Rice. Rhett got over 58% of the vote to Rice’s nearly 42% of the vote. Just like Hunt, I expected Rhett to make it all the way here before finally meeting a true challenge. Rice put up a good fight and had the biggest surprise run of the tournament. Ultimately what prevented him from going any further was impact. I thought this would knock him out a round sooner, but it didn’t cost him until now. Rice’s next album will determine his status for next year’s tournament.

Finally in the Georgia Region we had the closest match-up in the Egregious Eight and the lone upset. Frankenstein’s monster took down his creator! #6 seed Cole Swindell upset #3 seed Luke Bryan, with Swindell edging out Bryan 52.94% to 47.06%. That’s a difference of just 12 votes. I’m not real surprised, as I viewed this as a big tossup amongst the voters. I knew it would be a really tough choice. In the end, enough people I believe took Bryan’s early material into consideration and went with Swindell based on the fact that he’s never released a good single. Really he’s never had one good song and is a poor, milquetoast facsimile of Bryan who actually shows charisma when he sings. With Bryan’s loss, he’s the first top seed to exit the tournament and preventing an all top seed semifinal.

We now move on to the Frightful Four of the tournament! The four truly terrible artists as determined by you the fans will square off to determine the championship match. In the first semifinal match-up, we have #1 seed Sam Hunt taking on the #4 seed Florida Georgia Line. Up to this point Hunt has taken down Steven Tyler, RaeLynn and Kane Brown. Meanwhile Florida Georgia Line has beaten The Cadillac Three, LoCash and Old Dominion. I personally predict Hunt will narrowly win this match-up, but then again the hate for Florida Georgia Line is still so strong that they have a fighting chance here. In the second semifinal match-up, we have #2 seed Thomas Rhett taking on the #6 seed Cole Swindell. Rhett has beaten Michael Ray, Justin Moore and Chase Rice. Swindell has had one of the most impressive runs of the tournament, taking down Granger Smith, Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan. Before this tournament began he’s one of the few I could see taking down and with the momentum he has, I can see him pulling off another upset. But Rhett has ripped off multiple artists and continues to rise up the charts, something you’ve all reminded me a lot.

Remember you can only vote once, as much as you want to vote for both. I can’t wait to see how the Frightful Four plays out! Thank you all to everyone who has voted and participated so far. We’re getting down to the truly worst and hope all of you will continue to participate. The polls for this round will open…tonight at 6:30 PM ET! Spread the word to all you know and be sure to vote! May the worst win!