I love you CMT, I really do, but I have to ask, where are all the women at?
Each year the CMT Awards premiere. This year the awards will air October 18th and the “Artists of the Year” category was missing one important thing: Females.
Tell me CMT, where have all the women gone?
Such a powerful voice and she’s breaking the mold in country music. Starting off learning from Hillary Scott and Taylor Swift, Ballerini got the VIP treatment. She is also the first female artist to ever hit three consecutive number ones from a debut album. She’s also the first female to ever top Billboard’s Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts simultaneously. Ballerini is gearing up for the release of her sophomore album, Unapologetically, November 3rd of this year.
Not only is she the voice of the NFL, Underwood has made quite a name for herself since debuting on American Idol in 2005. Back in 2015, Underwood broke a major record with Storyteller, making her the first country music artist in history to send all six of her records to the top of the charts during the first week of the release. She just released her NFL football preview of the new song for this year. Underwood turned the 2014 duet with Miranda Lambert into the ever catchy “Oh, Sunday Night.” This will be her fifth year as the voice of the NFL. She has also hosted the CMA’s with Brad Paisley for many years and continues to be a favorite amongst the fans.
Finally done with the American Idol “runner up” label, Lauren Alaina has scored her first number one with “Road Less Traveled.” Her fight to the top is why I put her on this list. No one has fought harder than this girl to make it in the country music industry and fans love her for that. Also, Alaina brought home “Breakthrough Artist of the Year.” Her follow-up single, “Doin’ Fine” is a brutally honest song digging deep into family issues. Lauren Alaina deserves more recognition for her music.
To start off, Carly Pearce is only one of four women to get into the top ten with her single “Every Little Thing.” THIS YEAR. It’s September- let that one sink in guys… Pearce was ready to give up on music but then she wrote “Every Little Thing.” She signed with Big Machine Label Group earlier this year and made her radio debut with this heartbreaking song. I’m putting her on this list because she has defied all odds and just broke the top ten with a ballad. I’m impressed!
At the ACM Awards, Lambert took home her eight consecutive “Female Vocalist of the Year” award- beating my favorite woman in the industry, Reba McEntire. Lambert also released her much-anticipated album, The Weight of These Wings almost a year to date, is certified platinum with 500,000 in sales. This double album is a lot to chew and it comes a year after her divorce from Blake Shelton. Only Miranda Lambert could turn heartache into gold (or platinum).
In 2017 as a brand new artist, Maren Morris brought home a Grammy for “Best Country Solo Performance.” The song, “My Church” was also nominated for “Best Country Song.” It also reached platinum status with RIAA selling over 900,000 copies. Although she set out to be a songwriter, Morris has taken the country music world by storm and her debut album (on a major record label), Hero, was nominated again at the Grammy Awards and the album has hit gold status. I mean come on- this girl is on fire!
There are so many power house females that may need a couple of years to grow like Kelliegh Bannen, Lindsay Ell, Jillian Jacqueline, Danielle Bradbery, and Courtney Cole. Don’t wait until #FemaleFriday to listen to some powerhouse females.
Who do you think CMT needs to add to their “Artists of the Year” honors?