The 47th annual CMA AwardsFemale Vocalist of the Year category includes the overall lead nominees, Kacey Musgraves and Taylor Swift. Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and Kelly Clarkson round out the category. Carrie co-hosts the CMA Awards live with Brad Paisley next Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Taylor Swift

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Taylor goes into the CMAs with six nominations. She recently wrapped the Red tour in the U.S. The tour continues picks up in Australia and New Zealand at the end of the month. Shows in England and Germany are on the books for next year. Taylor has been to South Africa this fall to film her scenes in the upcoming film adaptation of the dystopian novel The Giver. She went brunette for her role as Rosemary. She's working on new material for an upcoming album.



Miranda Lambert

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Miranda is the reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year. She has won the title every year since 2010. Miranda spent much of the year on the road with Dierks Bentley on the Locked and Reloaded tour. She’s also been featured on albums by Justin Moore and Keith Urban.



Kelly Clarkson

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Kelly is a six-time CMA nominee. She won Musical Event of the Year in 2011 for her smash collaboration with Jason Aldean, “Don’t You Wanna Stay.”Kelly is a newlywed! She married Blake Shelton’s manager, Brandon Blackstock, in a private ceremony in Walland, Tennessee on October 20th. Her new Christmas album, Wrapped in Red, is available now. Her NBC holiday special airs on December 11th.



Carrie Underwood

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Carrie has won five CMAs since 2006. The last time she held the Female Vocalist title was in 2008. Carrie’s latest album, Blown Away, was released in May 2012. She stars at Fräulein Maria in NBC’s live production of The Sound of Music, airing on December 5th.


Kacey Musgraves

Kacey ties with Taylor as the lead CMA Awards nominee.This year, she has toured with Little Big Town and Kenny Chesney. She just wrapped her first European tour. Her first number-one hit as a songwriter is Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart,” which she penned with hit-makers Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark.