Miranda Lambert is the reigning queen of country, at least according to the CMA Awards and ACM Awards, both of which have honored her as the Female Vocalist of the Year for a record-tying four years in a row. At both events she shares that distinction with Reba McEntire.
So, if she prevails again at this year’s ACMs, she will be the first female to pull five consecutive victories. (McEntire would still hold the record for the most overall ACM titles: seven.)
However, standing in Lambert’s way is Kacey Musgraves, who has had a very good year. She won Best New Artist at last November’s CMAs, and then picked up two Grammys this past January, including Best Country Album for “Same Trailer Different Park,” upsetting Album of the Year nominee Taylor Swift (“Red“).
With momentum favoring the 25-year-old newcomer, our editors and users are forecasting a changing of the guard: she’s their favorite with 4/5 odds. But Lambert is not far behind: she’s a close second with 13/5 odds.
Lambert owes some of her success this year to Musgraves, who co-wrote Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart,” which earned three ACM nominations: Single, Song, and Video of the Year. And if “Broken Heart” wins Song of the Year, both artist and songwriter are honored, so Lambert and Musgraves would win that prize together.
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