Country Music Association Award for Female Vocalist of the Year

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Country Music Association Award for Female Vocalist of the Year
Current winner of the award Lainey Wilson
CountryUnited States
Presented byCountry Music Association
First awarded1967
Currently held byLainey Wilson (2023)

The following list shows the recipients for the Country Music Association Award for Female Vocalist of the Year.[1] The award is based on individual musical performance on a solo country single or album release, as well as the artist's overall contribution to country music during the eligibility period.[2]

The inaugural recipient of the award was Loretta Lynn in 1967. Miranda Lambert holds the record for most wins in the category, with seven, while she and four-time recipient Reba McEntire share a leading eighteen nominations. Anne Murray holds the record for most nominations without a win, with six. The current holder of the award is Lainey Wilson, who won at the 56th Annual Country Music Association Awards in 2022.


2021 recipient, Carly Pearce, who won on her first nomination.
2019 honoree Kacey Musgraves.
Five-time recipient Carrie Underwood.
Miranda Lambert is the most awarded female vocalist with seven wins.
2009 honoree Taylor Swift has also won Entertainer of the Year twice.
Faith Hill won the award in 2000.
Four-time winner Martina McBride.
Trisha Yearwood received the award consecutively in 1997 and 1998.
1995 honoree Alison Krauss.
Tanya Tucker received the award in 1991.
Four-time winner Reba McEntire.
Eleven-time nominee and 1980 recipient Emmylou Harris.
Barbara Mandrell won the award twice and was also the first person to win Entertainer of the Year twice.
Crystal Gayle won the award back-to-back in 1977 and 1978.
Two-time recipient Dolly Parton also won Entertainer of the Year in 1978.
Olivia Newton-John controversially won the award in 1974 and is, to date, the only non-American female vocalist winner.
1971 winner Lynn Anderson.
Three-time honoree Tammy Wynette.
Loretta Lynn won the inaugural female vocalist award and later received it in 1972 and 1973
Year Winner Nominees
2023 Blue ribbon Lainey Wilson
2022 Blue ribbon Lainey Wilson
2021 Blue ribbon Carly Pearce
2020[3] Blue ribbon Maren Morris
2019[4] Blue ribbon Kacey Musgraves
2018[5] Blue ribbon Carrie Underwood
2017[6] Blue ribbon Miranda Lambert
2016 Blue ribbon Carrie Underwood
2015 Blue ribbon Miranda Lambert
2014 Blue ribbon Miranda Lambert
2013 Blue ribbon Miranda Lambert
2012 Blue ribbon Miranda Lambert
2011 Blue ribbon Miranda Lambert
2010 Blue ribbon Miranda Lambert
2009 Blue ribbon Taylor Swift
2008 Blue ribbon Carrie Underwood
2007 Blue ribbon Carrie Underwood
2006 Blue ribbon Carrie Underwood
2005 Blue ribbon Gretchen Wilson
2004 Blue ribbon Martina McBride
2003 Blue ribbon Martina McBride
2002 Blue ribbon Martina McBride
2001 Blue ribbon Lee Ann Womack
2000 Blue ribbon Faith Hill
1999 Blue ribbon Martina McBride
1998 Blue ribbon Trisha Yearwood
1997 Blue ribbon Trisha Yearwood
1996 Blue ribbon Patty Loveless
1995 Blue ribbon Alison Krauss
1994 Blue ribbon Pam Tillis
1993 Blue ribbon Mary Chapin Carpenter
1992 Blue ribbon Mary Chapin Carpenter
1991 Blue ribbon Tanya Tucker
1990 Blue ribbon Kathy Mattea
1989 Blue ribbon Kathy Mattea
1988 Blue ribbon K.T. Oslin
1987 Blue ribbon Reba McEntire
1986 Blue ribbon Reba McEntire
1985 Blue ribbon Reba McEntire
1984 Blue ribbon Reba McEntire
1983 Blue ribbon Janie Fricke
1982 Blue ribbon Janie Fricke
1981 Blue ribbon Barbara Mandrell
1980 Blue ribbon Emmylou Harris
1979 Blue ribbon Barbara Mandrell
1978 Blue ribbon Crystal Gayle
1977 Blue ribbon Crystal Gayle
1976 Blue ribbon Dolly Parton
1975 Blue ribbon Dolly Parton
1974 Blue ribbon Olivia Newton-John
1973 Blue ribbon Loretta Lynn
1972 Blue ribbon Loretta Lynn
1971 Blue ribbon Lynn Anderson
1970 Blue ribbon Tammy Wynette
1969 Blue ribbon Tammy Wynette
1968 Blue ribbon Tammy Wynette
1967 Blue ribbon Loretta Lynn

Artists with multiple wins[edit]

Artists that received multiple awards
Awards Artist
7 Miranda Lambert
5 Carrie Underwood
4 Martina McBride
Reba McEntire
3 Loretta Lynn
Tammy Wynette
2 Barbara Mandrell
Crystal Gayle
Dolly Parton
Janie Frickie
Kathy Mattea
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Trisha Yearwood

Won on First nomination[edit]

In CMA history only nine women have won Female Vocalist of the Year the very first time they were nominated. They are:

Artists with multiple nominations[edit]

18 nominations
17 nominations
16 nominations
12 nominations
9 nominations
8 nominations
7 nominations
6 nominations
5 nominations
4 nominations
3 nominations
2 nominations


  1. ^ "Past CMA Awards Winners and Nominees". CMA World. Archived from the original on 2017-07-09. Retrieved 2018-03-01.
  2. ^ "About". CMA Awards 2021 | Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 8|7c on ABC. Retrieved 2021-10-28.
  3. ^ "CMA Awards 2020: Here's the full list of nominees".
  4. ^ "Maren Morris Leads 2019 CMA Awards Nominations". 28 August 2019.
  5. ^ McCarthy, Kelly (August 28, 2018). "2018 CMA Awards nominations: See the full list". ABC News. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  6. ^ "Keith Urban & Miranda Lambert Lead 2017 CMA Awards Nominees, Taylor Swift Earns First Nomination in Three Years".

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