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article imageOp-Ed: Will Carrie Underwood or Miranda Lambert win ACM Female Vocalist?

By Markos Papadatos     Mar 23, 2013 in Entertainment
The Academy of Country Music (ACM) awards will take place on April 7 and five of country's most talented women are nominated for "Top Female Vocalist."
These ladies include reigning ACM "Top Female Vocalist" winner Miranda Lambert, global superstar Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, newcomer Kacey Musgraves, as well as veteran songstress Martina McBride.
For Kacey Musgraves, her inclusion in this prestigious category is a reward in itself, especially since she garnered a nod so early in her career. Martina McBride is one of the most consistent nominees and contenders in this category (and arguably one of the two greatest vocalists in the genre along with Carrie Underwood), but Miranda, Taylor and Carrie enjoyed more success than her on the country charts as well as in album and single sales. Taylor Swift may be the favorite to win "Entertainer of the Year" since it is fan-voted, however, this category is industry-voted by her peers and Taylor's two biggest competitions are Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood.
Miranda has won this category for three years consecutively and the fact that her music is relevant and fresh still gives her the edge (in addition to the fact that she is married to Blake Shelton, the co-host of the ACM ceremony and the reigning CMA "Entertainer of the Year"). Miranda' "Over You" peaked at the top of the Billboard Hot Country Charts and her previous single "Fastest Girl in Town" was a Top 10 hit. Carrie Underwood's "Good Girl" and "Blown Away," both topped the Billboard Hot Country Charts last year and her latest single "Two Black Cadillacs" sits at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Airplay Charts for the week ending March 30, with the potential to become another No. 1 song for the American Idol alumna; moreover, she garnered a Grammy award for "Best Country Solo Performance" for "Blown Away," which proves that Carrie is a true force to be reckoned with.
I am leaning more towards Carrie Underwood for the win since her vocals are top-notch and this category is for "female vocalist," but it can go either way and if there were to be any surprises for the victory it will be Taylor Swift. If any of these women win it will be very deserving since all three of them have taken the country genre by storm over the last few years and have made it current and relevant.
Tune in on CBS on April 7 to see which of these women will be crowned "Top Female Vocalist" by the Academy of Country Music.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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