Out of 49 years of handing out the CMA Entertainer of the Year trophy, only 9 of those years did a female walk away with the top prize. The first time a female was nominated for the award was in 1971. The following year, Loretta Lynn took home the honor. For several years throughout the late 1970s and 1980s multiple females were nominated for the award before giving away to the male dominance of today. After the Dixie Chicks won the award in 2000 and were nominated in 2001, a female was not nominated for the award again as a solo act until Taylor Swift took it home in 2009. Swift was also the last female to win the prize in 2011.
This year’s 50th Annual CMA Awards will feature Dolly Parton, a former Entertainer of the Year winner, receiving the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award and will have Carrie Underwood on the ballot for Entertainer of the Year for the first time. Currently, Underwood is a strong favorite to win, next to the two-time reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year, Luke Bryan.
Let’s take a walk away down memory lane at the ladies who have won in the past.
7 Women Who Have Walked Away with the CMA Entertainer of the Year Trophy:
1. Loretta Lynn, 1971
Lynn has been nominated for 39 CMA Awards, walking away with eight wins. Her most recent win was in 1975.
2. Dolly Parton, 1978
Parton has been nominated for 44 CMA Awards, with her most recent win coming in 2006 for Musical Event of the Year with Brad Paisley.
3. Barbara Mandrell, 1980 and 1981
Mandrell was the first female to repeat as Entertainer of the Year. Her 1981 win for Female Vocalist of the Year was her last win.
4. Reba McEntire, 1986
McEntire took home the big one in 1986. She was nominated for Entertainer of the Year 11 times from 1985 to 1995.
5. Shania Twain, 1999
Twain collected nine CMA nominations from 1995 to 1999. Her 10th and last nomination came in 2005.
6. Dixie Chicks, 2000
The Dixie Chicks took home almost every award available from 1998 to 2002. Their last of 17 nominations came in 2007.
7. Taylor Swift, 2009 and 2011
Swift has received 24 CMA nominations in her career, not including 2013’s Pinnacle Award. Her last wins came in 2013 for Music Video of the Year and Musical Event of the Year. She was nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year in 2014, just weeks after announcing she was releasing a pop album.