Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance

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Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance
Awarded for quality of female vocal performance in country music.
Country United States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded 1965
Last awarded 2011

The Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance was first awarded in 1965, to Dottie West. The award has had several minor name changes:

  • From 1965 to 1967 the award was known as Best Country & Western Vocal Performance - Female
  • In 1968 it was awarded as Best Country & Western Solo Vocal Performance, Female
  • From 1969 to 1994 it was awarded as Best Country Vocal Performance, Female
  • From 1995 to 2011 it was awarded as Best Female Country Vocal Performance

The award was discontinued after 2011 award season in a major overhaul of Grammy categories. From 2012 to the present, all solo performances (male, female and instrumental) in the country category are recognized in the newly formed Best Country Solo Performance category.

Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were presented, for works released in the previous year.


Year Artist Work Nominees
1965 Dottie West "Here Comes My Baby"
1966 Jody Miller "Queen of the House"
1967 Jeannie Seely "Don't Touch Me"
1968 Tammy Wynette "I Don't Wanna Play House"
1969 Jeannie C. Riley "Harper Valley P.T.A."


Year Artist Work Nominees
1970 Tammy Wynette "Stand By Your Man"
1971 Lynn Anderson "Rose Garden"
1972 Sammi Smith "Help Me Make It Through the Night"
1973 Donna Fargo "The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA"
1974 Olivia Newton-John "Let Me Be There"
1975 Anne Murray "A Love Song"
1976 Linda Ronstadt "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You)"
1977 Emmylou Harris Elite Hotel
1978 Crystal Gayle "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue"
1979 Dolly Parton Here You Come Again


Year Artist Work Nominees
1980 Emmylou Harris Blue Kentucky Girl
1981 Anne Murray "Could I Have This Dance"
1982 Dolly Parton "9 to 5"
1983 Juice Newton "Break It to Me Gently"
1984 Anne Murray "A Little Good News"
1985 Emmylou Harris "In My Dreams"
1986 Rosanne Cash "I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me"
1987 Reba McEntire "Whoever's in New England"
1988 K. T. Oslin "80s Ladies"
1989 K. T. Oslin "Hold Me"


Year Artist Work Nominees
1990 k.d. lang Absolute Torch and Twang
1991 Kathy Mattea "Where've You Been"
1992 Mary Chapin Carpenter "Down at the Twist and Shout"
1993 Mary Chapin Carpenter "I Feel Lucky"
1994 Mary Chapin Carpenter "Passionate Kisses"
1995 Mary Chapin Carpenter "Shut Up and Kiss Me"
1996 Alison Krauss "Baby Now That I've Found You"
1997 LeAnn Rimes "Blue"
1998 Trisha Yearwood "How Do I Live"
1999 Shania Twain "You're Still the One"


Year Artist Work Nominees
2000 Shania Twain "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!"
2001 Faith Hill "Breathe"
2002 Dolly Parton "Shine"
2003 Faith Hill "Cry"
2004 June Carter Cash "Keep on the Sunny Side"
2005 Gretchen Wilson "Redneck Woman"
2006 Emmylou Harris "The Connection"
2007 Carrie Underwood "Jesus, Take the Wheel"
2008 Carrie Underwood "Before He Cheats"
2009 Carrie Underwood "Last Name"


Year Artist Work Nominees
2010 Taylor Swift "White Horse"
2011 Miranda Lambert "The House That Built Me"

Category facts[edit]

  • Most Wins:
Rank 1st 2nd 3rd
Artist Mary Chapin Carpenter
Emmylou Harris
Anne Murray
Dolly Parton
Carrie Underwood
Faith Hill
K. T. Oslin
Shania Twain
Tammy Wynette
Total Wins 4 wins 3 wins 2 wins
  • Most Nominations
Rank 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Artist Emmylou Harris
Dolly Parton
Trisha Yearwood Martina McBride
Tammy Wynette
Crystal Gayle Reba McEntire
Dottie West
LeAnn Rimes
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Tanya Tucker
Lee Ann Womack
Total Wins 18 nominations 10 nominations 9 nominations 8 nominations 7 nominations 6 nominations

Most Nominations Without Winning

Rank 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Artist Martina McBride Tanya Tucker
Lee Ann Womack
Barbara Mandrell Skeeter Davis
Patty Loveless
Loretta Lynn
Connie Smith
Janie Fricke
Wynonna Judd
Pam Tillis
Total Nominations 9 Nominations 6 Nominations 5 Nominations 4 Nominations 3 Nominations

(Note: Lynn, Mandrell, Womack, Loveless, Tillis and Judd have won Grammys in other categories.)

Most Consecutive Wins

  • Mary Chapin Carpenter - 4 (1992–95)
  • Carrie Underwood - 3 (2007–09)

Youngest Winners

  • 1. LeAnn Rimes - age 14, 1997
  • 2. Taylor Swift - age 20, 2010
  • 3. Jeannie C. Riley - age 23, 1969
  • 3. Lynn Anderson - age 23, 1971
  • 4. Jody Miller - age 24, 1966
  • 4. Carrie Underwood - age 24, 2007
  • 5. Tammy Wynette, age 25, 1968
  • 5. Carrie Underwood - age 25, 2008
  • 5. Olivia Newton-John - age 25, 1974

Oldest Winners

  • 1. June Carter Cash - age 73, 2004 (awarded posthumously)
  • 2. Emmylou Harris - age 58, 2006
  • 3. Dolly Parton - age 56, 2002
  • 4. K. T. Oslin - age 46, 1989
  • 5. K. T. Oslin - age 45, 1988

^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.