At least one female was nominated for entertainer of the year for 25 consecutive years, from 1971-1995. Female representation has been spottier in the last 24 years.
For the first time in three years, a female artist, Carrie Underwood, received a CMA nomination for entertainer of the year. It's Underwood's second nom in that category. She was first nominated in 2016.
The most recent female artist to win in that marquee category was Taylor Swift eight years ago.
In the CMAs' 53 years, the field of nominees for entertainer of the year has been all male 15 times. Most often, one female has been nominated. Nine times, two female artists (or groups including female artists) have been nominated.