ACM Female Vocalist of the Year Nominees
As we gear up for the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, let's take a look at this year's nominations for Female Vocalist of the Year.
Miranda Lambert is nominated for five ACM Awards this year. 2012 proved to be a fruitful period for Miranda. In addition to covering a slue of magazines and being showered with awards, Miranda hit the road with the On Fire Tour and packed venues with her band The Pistol Annies, who even made their Grand Ole Opry debut. Miranda continued to get traction out of her album Four the Record with the release of the singles "Fastest Girl in Town" and "Over You." The latter is also nominated for Single of the Year and brought Miranda nominations for Song of the Year as both a writer and performer.
Powered by the success of "I'm Gonna Love You Through It," Martina McBride had an eventful year, packed with sold out concerts and television appearances. In the Spring, she was a highlight on The ACM Presents Lionel Richie and Friends and she continued performing on broadcast TV all the way through Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS. Martina thrilled audiences on her One Night intimate theater tour and continued on through the end of the year with the Joy of Christmas Tour. Additionally, two Martina compilation albums were released by RCA in early 2012.
Kacey Musgraves has had a breakout year. This is her first ACM Awards, and she is nominated in three categories. Musgraves had previously released three albums, completely independently, but in 2012, she signed with Mercury Records, released her first single "Merry Go ‘Round", and toured in support of Lady Antebellum. Not only that, she wrote Miranda Lambert's "Mama's Broken Heart."
Taylor Swift may have had the biggest year of her career in 2012. Taylor and team released Red in October, but it still managed to be the second highest selling album of the year with over 3 million units moved. Swift, along with the Civil Wars, picked up a GRAMMY for "Safe and Sound" from the Hunger Games soundtrack. The past year has taken Taylor to the next level of stardom, and that looks to continue this year with the Red Tour. If you want to see more from Taylor Swift, watch her streaming Live from New York show.
Already a 10-time ACM Award winner, Carrie Underwood is up for two more trophies this year: Female Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year. Carrie's fourth album Blown Away was released in May and was quickly certified Platinum. The Blown Away Tour was a massive success worldwide, and cemented Carrie as the #1 female country tour in 2012. Recently, "Two Black Cadillacs" hit #1 on the Country charts, making it her 17th career chart topper.
Don't forget to watch the 48th Annual ACM Awards on CBS, April 7 at 8/7c.