Five very familiar faces are vying for female vocalist of the year honors at the CMAs. In fact, they're pretty much the only ladies who ever win. To get you ready for the big show (Wednesday night at 8/7c) The 615 is offering our pick, not that it was easy.
Female Vocalist of the Year
Analysis: This one is a little more competitive than usual. Evans has enjoyed a huge comeback fueled by her "A Little Bit Stronger," McBride has continued her hit-making ways, with "Speak Now," Swift has picked right up where "Fearless" left off, and Underwood keeps on at her usual pace. That leaves us with Miranda Lambert. Some in the industry have speculated that the fact that she is between albums (until "Four For The Record" on Nov. 1) might cost her this one, but the music from "Revolution" kept her in the top ten throughout the year, and judging by the success already of the new album's first single, "Baggage Claim," she hasn't lost any steam. I think country's power couple might need to clear some more space.
Who Will Win: Though part of me thinks that Swift has a chance of unseating her, I think that Lambert will roll to victory again.
CMA Fun Fact: The ladies in this category have dominated this award in the past ten years. Gretchen Wilson's 2005 win is the only one since 2002 that was not by one of these ladies. McBride and Underwood have taken home the prize three times, while Swift and Lambert have won the award in 2009 and 2010, respectively.