CMA Awards songbird smackdown: Carrie Underwood vs. Miranda Lambert vs. Taylor Swift

At last year’s CMA Awards, Miranda Lambert won Best Female Vocalist over 2010 champ Taylor Swift. Swift had, in turn, defeated three-time winner Carrie Underwood. All three are back in the race this year, along with four-time titleholder Martina McBride and Kelly Clarkson.

Underwood is predicted to make a comeback and take home this trophy for a fourth time, tying McBride’s record. While Underwood is in first place, with odds of 17 to 10, McBride is in last, with odds of only 8 to 1. 

Close behind Underwood is Lambert, who has odds of 23 to 10. Swift, who is the only nominee in this race also up for Entertainer of the Year, is in the middle of the pack with odds of 10 to 3.

Clarkson, who reaped her first bid in this race, won Musical Event last year for “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” her duet with Jason Aldean. She has odds of 11 to 2. 

The 46th annual edition of these kudos take place at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 1 and air live on ABC. Co-hosting for the fifth year in a row are Brad Paisley and Underwood. 

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The CMA Awards are decided by the 11,000 members of the Country Music Association, which was established in 1958 and is the oldest trade organization created to promote an individual genre of music. The CMA is made up of industry professionals, which means winners are determined by the artists’ country music peers.

4 thoughts on “CMA Awards songbird smackdown: Carrie Underwood vs. Miranda Lambert vs. Taylor Swift

  1. Based on the RULES, Carrie should be the winner. Last year should be the ONLY year to not win. Thanks in part of Carrie’s label of promoting Miranda like crazy over Carrie. Sony makes more money from a Miranda CD over Carrie cause Sony don’t get all the sales. They have to split it some with 19 that Carrie is still connected with. If based on who can sing any genre as if they were born to sing in that genre or who is the best live vocalists, then Carrie would be undefeated.. Remember, Taylor got hers because of Kanye.

  2. Okay Miranda Lambert should win! The article is wrong Miranda won the CMA in 2010 and 2011. Also Miranda has had 2 very strong albums Revolution and now Four the Record. Yes Carrie is very talented but Blown away was not a true country CD and the critics didn’t like it. I”m sure that she will win the award again but no need to put down Miranda. Miranda is a very talented singer songwriter of actual COUNTRY songs. Go Miranda!

  3. Based on their success in the eligiblity period, Carrie should win. You can’t have Miranda having album/single sales lower than New Artist, Hunter Hayes to win Female Vocalist of the Year title. That’s funny.

  4. Miranda Lambert will take it home. Carrie’s album was not good. I’m sorry. She may have a great voice but her music sucks and she is NOT country. I predict Miranda.

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