This year’s nominees for female vocalist of the year is hard to call. With the Country Music Association (CMA) awards a little more than a month away, it’s time to take a look at this year’s artists nominated for the category and let you try to make a prediction for who you think will win. With veteran Sara Evans making a big comeback, Miranda Lambert having another huge year, Carrie Underwood with one of the best voices of any genre, Taylor Swift being one of the strongest selling artists of any genre, and Martina McBride’s heartbreaking new single; it’s a hard year to predict. Let’s take a look at the nominees and their latest releases. Leave us your predictions for who you think will win this year in the comments below.
No one can deny that it’s been a huge year for Sara Evans. After staying out of the spotlight for a few years to deal with personal issues, she made a comeback in a big way with “A Little Bit Stronger,” a tune co-written by Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott. It might just be the strongest success of any of the female vocalist of the year nominee singles this year. She spent most of the year touring with newest Grand Ole Opry members Rascal Flatts, and her return to the country music charts was huge. It’s no surprise at all that she found herself up for the female vocalist of the year award, but will her red-hot comeback be enough to take the title?
LATEST RELEASE: My Heart Can’t Tell You No.
Last year’s winner is still having a big year, even without her “Revolution.” She debuted her new all-girls trio the Pistol Annies earlier in the year at the ACM Girls Night Out special and their album “Hell On Heels”, even when released digitally, went number one. She’s the hottest female in country music right now, and her new single “Baggage Claim” was her highest debut for a single in her career. She’s on her second leg of “The Revolution Continues 2011″ tour. Her new album “Four The Record” comes out just days before the CMA Awards. After a whirlwind year last year, will she remain enough in the voters minds to reclaim her crown one more time?
LATEST RELEASE: Baggage Claim
Martina McBride is a four-time female vocalist of the year (1999, 2002, 2003, and 2004). Her latest release “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” is one of the most moving songs this year on the charts. She’s about to embark on a national co-headlining tour with the legendary five-time male vocalist of the year winner George Strait in 2012. Will this be the year of the veteran to finally get back up on stage after being passed over by Nashville’s newest, hottest ladies?
LATEST RELEASE: I’m Gonna Love You Through It
No one can argue the things Taylor Swift has done for country music over her short career so far. She’s the hottest thing to come from Nashville, and her “2011 Speak Now World Tour” ranked in at number ten on Pollstar’s “Top 50 Worldwide Tours (Mid Year).” Her tour brought in over $40 million on its own and sold-out not only in the United States, but also in Asia, Europe and Australia. Will Taylor’s huge success translate into a female vocalist of the year win, or will voters look to another artist with a break-out year?
LATEST RELEASE: Sparks Fly
Carrie Underwood might not have had the biggest year musically in 2011, but that didn’t stop her from getting another nomination for female vocalist of the year. The co-host of this year’s awards is just that good. She chose to expand her talents into acting this year, in both a full-length feature film “Soul Surfer” and as a guest star on CBS’ hit“How I Met Your Mother.” Her duet with Brad Paisley on his “This Is Country Music” album is rising up the charts and she is half-way done her new album which should hopefully be out next year. Will “Remind Me” be enough to remind voters of the talent this woman has? She’ll perform the single live with her co-host at the award show.
LATEST RELEASE: Duet with Brad Paisley – Remind Me
Who do you think will take the title this year? Let us know below!