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Miranda Lambert

On Tuesday, we took a look at the Male Vocalist category in tonight's 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards. The list of ladies competing for the Female Vocalist crown is no less thrilling, though maybe a little more easier to pick this year. The nominees are:

Kelly Clarkson
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Who should win: All five are equally talented. But, one can whittle this one down by saying that Swift didn't release her new music until the voting year was over, McBride had one major hit during the eligibility period, and I just don't see the CMA voting for Clarkson with just one single.

So, it comes down to Underwood and Lambert.

While a win by Carrie might very well be a well-deserved statement for her talent and standing in the industry, Lambert has done nothing to give away this category yet, and we look for it to be a third straight win here.

NEXT: CMA Awards 2012 Predictions: Male Vocalist