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CMA Awards 2020: Maren Morris Wins Female Vocalist of the Year

by Jon D. B.
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What a win for Maren Morris! The phenomenal singer/songwriter takes home her first-ever win in 2020 for Female Vocalist of the Year!

There’s no one else on the country scene today quite like Maren Morris. Now, she joins one of music’s most prestigious groups with her first win in this monumental category. That’s right – Maren Morris is the 54th Annual CMA Award’s winner for FVY!

Coming in with the staunchest of competition, Morris could’ve been thrilled with a simple nomination in the category. Now, however, she beats out 7-time-winner Miranda Lambert and 5-time-winner Carrie Underwood for the prestigious award. Morris also beats out last year’s winner, Kacey Musgraves, to take home the title.

Morris is no newcomer to country music. The singer, songwriter, and record producer has two studio albums under her belt. In 2015, she was topping two Billboard charts with extended play of Maren Morris. Before then, her major label debut album, Hero, hit number five on the Billboard 200 chart and number one on the Top Country Albums chart.

In addition, Maren Morris is a certified platinum recording artist in the United States. and was certified platinum in the United States. She’s also a member of The Highwomen with Brandi Carlile, to boot.

All of this, however, stems from her very first album, Walk On, way back in 2005. She was only 15 years old at the time.

CMA Awards 2020: Female Vocalist of the Year Nominees

This year sees one of the strongest groups of female nominees in the category’s long history.

From the start, The Country Music Association Awards, CMA Awards or CMAs, have set out recognize to country artists for outstanding achievement in their industry. This prestigious annual ceremony began in 1967. The first to win the category was legend and icon Loretta Lynn that same year.

The following year, in 1968, the event went on television for the first time, in which Tammy Wynette took the crown. She would win the award again the following two years. Other icons like Dolly Parton and Faith Hill have also won the award.

Fast forward over five decades, and staples like Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood dominate the category. Each is nominated on a near-yearly basis. This year, for 2020, the five “chosen ones” were:

Miranda Lambert
Ashley McBryde
Maren Morris
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Last year, 2019’s winner – Kacey Musgraves – became the first winner since 2009 to not be Lambert or Underwood. Miranda Lambert still holds the record for most awarded female vocalist ever in this category. Before her winning streak alongside Underwood, however, 2008 & 2009 saw Taylor Swift take home the crown.

Trailing behind Underwood’s 5 wins, Martina McBride has also won the award an impressive four times.

There’s no doubt that Maren Morris had to be beyond thrilled with her competition for this award – and terrified. Phenomenally talented black card – Ashley McBryde – receives her first nomination for the category this year, as well.

For more on this year’s winner, we’ve got all the 54th Annual CMA Awards coverage you’ll ever need.