Will Miranda Lambert get overdue Grammys love for Best Country Album?

What does Miranda Lambert have to do to win over the Grammys? She’s loved by critics, scoring more than 80 on Metacritic for all her albums, and she’s an industry darling, winning Female Vocalist of the Year five times in a row at both the ACM and CMA Awards, as well as a combined five Album of the Year prizes at both events. But her only Grammy thus far was a Best Female Country Vocal trophy for “The House that Built Me” (2010). Can she finally win Best Country Album with “Platinum“?

This is Lambert’s third nomination in the category. She previously earned bids for “Revolution” (2010) and “Four the Record” (2012). She has four total nominations this year, which ties her with Eric Church as the most nominated artist competing in this race.

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Church hasn’t won this award either. He was nominated just once before, for “Chief” in 2011. This year he contends with “The Outsiders,” which like Lambert’s “Platinum” was a big hit with critics.

The rest of this year’s Country Album nominees would also be first-time winners. Veteran Lee Ann Womack (“The Way I’m Livin’“) is nominated for the third time, having earned her first bid back in 2000 for “I Hope You Dance.” She does have one previous Grammy win in another category: Country Collaboration with Willie Nelson for “Mendocino County Line” (2002).

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Dierks Bentley (“Riser“) is also a three-time nominee in this race; he has yet to win any Grammy Award, and this is his only chance this year.

Rounding out the category is Brandy Clark, nominated for her debut studio album “12 Stories.” She’s also nominated for Best New Artist.

Will the Grammys finally embrace Lambert wholeheartedly, or will one of her rivals celebrate their first Country Album victory instead? Use our drag-and-drop menu below to make your predictions, or click here to make your picks in other top Grammy categories, with more categories soon to come.

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