As a reminder, the eligibility for the 2018 CMAs are from July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018.
According to the CMA’s, this Award is based on individual musical performance on a solo album release. Award to artist.
Summary: According to the Country Music Association, the Female Vocalist of the Year is based on an individual musical performance on a solo album release. Based on that definition alone, this should be a two woman race. Kacey Musgraves released her third album, Golden Hour in March of 2018, while Kelsea Ballerini released her second album, Unapologetically in November of 2017. The two giants of this category, Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert had uncharacteristically quiet years. Underwood released “The Champion” feat. Ludacris, which was classified as a pop genre, then made her way back into the country limelight by performing “Cry Pretty” at the ACM Awards in April. Lambert on the other hand has been focusing on upcoming projects with her group Pistol Annies. She did find a number one song with Jason Aldean’s “Drown the Whiskey.” Although, she hasn’t released a new album in the past year, Maren Morris, is still reaping the benefits of her freshman album, with the fourth single, “Rich.” She may have also notched the most identifiable song of a country female artist in the past year with her collaboration with Zedd, on “The Middle.”
Our Pick: Kelsea Ballerini
Who We Think Will Win: Miranda Lambert