In our third installment of our For Your Consideration series, All Things Country is examining the CMA’s Female Vocalist of the Year category. This year saw only four women enjoy big success at both radio and in retail stores. In a year where the nominations for Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year could see big changes, the opposite can be said for the Female Vocalist field. Find out who we think deserves a nomination in this category.
Last year, we saw the coronation of Taylor Swift as 2009’s Female Vocalist of the Year. Swift beat out veterans Reba McEntire and Martina McBride as well as favorites Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert. This year, we could see those same five women be nominated once again. Here are our picks for the final five.
For the first time in her career, Miranda Lambert is walking into this category as the clear favorite. During the eligibility period, Lambert scored back-to-back number one singles with “White Liar” and “The House That Built Me,” the latter spent four weeks atop the singles chart. Both singles come off her ACM award-winning album, Revolution, which has sold nearly 800,000 copies since its release last September. During this year’s ACM ceremony, Lambert also picked up her first Top Female Vocalist trophy as well as Video of the Year for “White Liar.” CMA night could be another big night for her as she could walk away with several trophies including this one.
Once again Carrie Underwood has proven she’s a force to be reckoned with at country radio. During the eligibility period, Underwood scored three more number one singles with “Cowboy Casanova,” “Temporary Home,” and “Undo It” all reaching the top spot on the singles chart. Her third studio album, Play On, has sold over 1.7 million copies since its release last November. Her Play On 2010 tour has been one of the most attended and among the highest grossing tours of the year. In a year that has been all about Miranda Lambert, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Carrie Underwood came back to win her fourth Female Vocalist trophy in just five nominations.
Reba McEntire has been considered the Queen of Country music for some time, but after the year she’s had I think she claims the title of the Comeback Queen of Country as well. Reba’s career is experiencing a huge resurgence thanks to her album Keep on Loving You. Since its release, it has sold over 500,000 copies and produced her longest running number one single, “Consider Me Gone,” which had a 4 week run atop the singles chart. Along with “Gone,” the album has produced a top 15 hit in “Strange,” and a top ten hit in “Keep On Loving You.” Along with making headlines at radio and in retail stores, Reba was apart of a sold-out concert tour with fellow superstar, George Strait.
Kellie didn’t release an album during the eligibility period but she did continue her run of top 15 singles with “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You” peaking at number 14. She also held the opening act slot on Taylor Swift’s Fearless Tour.
Leann released her cover of John Anderson’s “Swingin'” and is readying the release of her covers album, Lady and Gentlemen.
Lee Ann Womack
Lee Ann released “There is a God” to country radio during November of last year. She spent most of the year as the opener on George Strait and Reba McEntire’s co-headlining tour.