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Nationwide® Insurance On Your Side® Award

After weeks of voting, the fans have picked Brantley Gilbert as the winner of the 2012 Nationwide® Insurance On Your Side® Award, recognizing him as country music's best new live act. Congratulations to Brantley and look for him on the road this summer.

Today's new acts are tomorrow's superstars. Nationwide® Insurance salutes these hot opening acts as they continue to win fans on the road and onstage. Watch performance highlights from the 2012 Nationwide® Insurance Side Stage.
Eli Young Band

Eli Young Band

After playing together for over a decade, the Eli Young Band is enjoying a crazy level of success in 2012. Their hit "Crazy Girl" was named ACM song of the year and has sold over 1.5 million downloads. Currently, EYB's high-energy performances are kicking off Dierks Bentley's shows, and this summer they'll rock Rascal Flatts' tour.

Brantley Gilbert

Brantley Gilbert

He's the man behind some of Jason Aldean's biggest hits, but singer-songwriter Brantley Gilbert is forging his own path in country music. With unapologetic swagger, he has captured legions of fans. Known for his raucous shows and cutting edge country sound, Gilbert is the perfect opening act for Toby Keith this summer.

Jake Owen

Jake Owen

Newcomer Jake Owen is hotter than ever with back-to-back No. 1 singles, a No. 1 album and a spot on Entertainment Weekly's "30 Greatest Artists Right Now" list. Fans of his sexy and soulful sound will get more of Owen this summer when he opens for Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw on their Brothers of the Sun tour.

Thompson Square

Thompson Square

Husband and wife duo Keifer and Shawna Thompson are on the fast track to stardom. Due to an intense touring schedule, the duo played to over a million fans last year, and they won the ACM's duo of the year award. Their heartfelt lyrics and blended harmonies make them a natural opening act for Lady Antebellum's Own the Night tour.