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Yesterday, in part one, we celebrated some of the great female country artists in history. We began with Loretta Lynn, and concluded with Faith Hill. Today, we begin with a contemporary of Hill’s, and continue to some of the luminaries of country music 2015.
Taylor Swift – We are Never Ever Getting Back Together
Shania Twain: The only lady on our list to get her start outside of the United States the Windsor, Ontario-born Shania Twain is the top-selling female artist in music history. Not just the top-selling country artist. The top selling female artist of any type. She has been the Queen of Country for longer than many of today’s young artists have drawn breath. She won a Grammy in 1995 for “The Woman in Me,” and immediately followed up with another for “Come on Over.” It became the top-selling album by any woman, regardless of genre and the top-selling country album of all time. In all, Ms. Twain has five Grammys. Though 49 (she won’t be 50 until August 28) is a young age at which to end a career, Shania Twain has nothing left to prove and is calling it quits with an ex-tended tour that began in Seattle June 8. Signature song: “You’re Still the One.”
Carrie Underwood: The little town of Muskogee, Oklahoma did itself right proud March 10, 1983 when it welcomed Carrie Marie Underwood into the world. The stun-ning beauty with operatic voice range took the world by storm when she won Season Three of American Idol. In the 11 years since, Ms. Underwood has seen her career and crossover popularity take on a steadily upward trajectory. She has won seven Grammy Awards, 17 Billboard Music Awards, 11 Academy of Country Music Awards, eight American Music Awards, and five Country Music Association Awards. Carrie is also a sought-after spokesperson, signing multimillion dollar endorsement deals with Vitamin Water, Target, and Olay. Signature song: “Before He Cheats”.
Miranda Lambert: Born in Longview, Texas Miranda Lambert came to prominence when she placed third in the 2003 “Nashville Star” competition. Her 2005 debut album, “Kerosene,” produced four hit singles. Ms. Lambert followed that up with “Crazy Ex Girl-friend” and three more hit singles. She won the 2010 Grammy Award in the Best Fe-male Country Vocal Performance category for “The House That Built Me”. She is a 12-time Grammy nominee and has won American Country Music awards a whopping 17 times. Signature song: Gunpowder & Lead.
Taylor Swift: The pride of Reading, Pennsylvania Taylor Swift began her professional career at the tender age of 14. Two years later, young Miss Swift released her debut and self-titled album, Sales figures do not lie. Taylor Swift was a star. In 2009 she be-came the youngest Album of the Year winner in Grammy history for “Fearless.” Still on-ly 25 years of age, Ms. Swift’s career has been in steep ascension since she arrived on the scene. Seven Grammy Awards, 22 Billboard Music Awards, 11 Country Music Association Awards, eight Academy of Country Music Awards, and one Brit Award, be-speak her country and crossover popularity. Though displaying more pop content than the other ladies on our list, Ms. Swift lists her influences and traces her musical line-age to many of the other iconic ladies who make up the amazing ladies of country mu-sic. Signature song: “We are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”