Nominees for the 54th Annual CMA Awards were revealed this morning and one of the categories that has everyone talking is the top honor: Entertainer of the Year.
For the first time in 41 years, the category includes two solo female artists: Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood. The last time two solo female entertainers were included in this category was in 1979 when Crystal Gayle and Barbara Mandrell were both nominated.
It’s worth noting that in the year 2000, Faith Hill and The Chicks (who were known as the Dixie Chicks at the time) were nominated as well, but this marks the first time since 1979 that two solo females were included in the mix.
The conversation about females in country music has been a hot topic for several years, and while it seems not much progress has been made, this could be a sign that at least some changes are happening.
Lambert and Underwood are nominated for Entertainer of the Year alongside Eric Church, Luke Combs and Keith Urban.
The last time a solo female artist won the title of CMA Entertainer of the Year was in 2011 when Taylor Swift took home her second EOTY win.
The winner of CMA Entertainer of the Year will be crowned at the conclusion of the 54th Annual CMA Awards, which will broadcast on Wednesday, Nov. 11 (8:00 – 11:00 PM/EST) on ABC.