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.
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.