"I'm uncomfortable campaigning," the singer-songwriter – and nominee for the ACM's Entertainer of the Year award – said in Franklin, Tenn., at a party this week in honor of his two No. 1 songs, "Welcome to the Future" and "American Saturday Night."
"Honestly, I don't like that part of it. I understand that people love to get involved and it's cool that they can, but vote for who you want."
Paisley, 37, is actually one of eight country artists in the running for the top honor at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards, airing Sunday, April 18, on CBS at 8 p.m./7 p.m. Central, with Reba McEntire as host.
The award – the ACM's top honor – is selected by fans via an online ballot, with voting to begin April 1.
Paisley's competition includes last year's winner Carrie Underwood, along with Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Toby Keith, George Strait, Zac Brown Band and four-time winner Kenny Chesney.
Good SportsmanshipWhoever takes home the title, Paisley says he'll be content with the results. "If you're happy with somebody's show last year and you had a great time, vote for them," he says. "If that's me, that's great. If not, I will stand and clap for whoever wins."
And win or lose, he's planning to enjoy the night.
"The ACMs are in Vegas, so they are a little more of a show where what happens there, stays there," he says. "You can walk through a casino and see Kix Brooks throwing down. At the CMA awards, everybody gets dressed up and decked out and we go to our respective parties and then go home."
At the ACMs, however, "there's a party the whole time, so it's a little bit more lighthearted."