Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance

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.

Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance
Awarded forquality of female vocal performance in country music.
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1965
Last awarded2011
Websitegrammy.com

1960s

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."

1970s

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

1980s

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"

1990s

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"

2000s

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"

2010s

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

Come On Come On is the fourth album by Mary Chapin Carpenter. Seven of its tracks became Billboard Hot Country Singles hits in 1992, 1993, and 1994. They were, chronologically, "I Feel Lucky" at #4, "Not Too Much to Ask" (a duet with Joe Diffie) at #15, "Passionate Kisses" at #4, "The Hard Way" at #11, "The Bug" (a cover of a Dire Straits song) at #16, "He Thinks He'll Keep Her" at #2, and "I Take My Chances" also at #2. The album topped out at #6 on the Billboard Country Albums chart.

By 2017, the album had sold 2.9 million copies. It remains Carpenter's best-selling album.

Cry (Faith Hill song)

“Cry” is a song recorded by American country singer Faith Hill; it was the first single from her fifth studio album of the same name (2002). The song was originally written and recorded by singer-songwriter Angie Aparo for his 1999 album, The American.

Originally released to country radios, "Cry" crossed over to adult contemporary radios. It spent 11 weeks at number one on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. The song eventually peaked at number 33 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, in the United States. "Cry" reached number three on the Canadian Singles Chart and was a top 30 success in the United Kingdom and Australia.

In 2003, at the 45th Annual Grammy Awards, Hill won the Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Cry", marking her second win in the category.

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Famous in a Small Town

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Here Comes My Baby (album)

Here Comes My Baby is an album by country music singer Dottie West in 1965.

This album was Dottie West's first studio album for RCA Victor. She originally signed with the label a year before, while recording a Top 10 Country hit with Jim Reeves and a Top 40 single of her own. She then co-wrote and released a new single in 1964 entitled, "Here Comes My Baby", which became a Top 10 Country hit in 1964. The song won West a Grammy award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 1965, and she became the first female Country singer to ever win a Grammy. This album is based on the hit single's success. The album includes cover versions of Country hits like Ray Price's "Night Life". Another single from the album entitled "Didn't I" was released in early 1965, and was a Top 40 single, reaching No. 32.

Here You Come Again (song)

"Here You Come Again" is a song written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, and recorded by American entertainer Dolly Parton. It was released as a single in September 1977 as the title track from Parton's album of the same name, and which topped the U.S. country singles chart for five weeks, and won the 1979 Grammy award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance; it also reached number three on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, representing Parton's first significant pop crossover hit.

I Don't Wanna Play House

"I Don't Wanna Play House" is a song written by Billy Sherrill and Glenn Sutton. In 1967, the song was Tammy Wynette's first number one country song as a solo artist. "I Don't Wanna Play House" spent three weeks at the top spot and a total of eighteen weeks on the chart. The recording earned Wynette the 1968 Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

Just a Dream (Carrie Underwood song)

"Just a Dream" is a country song, released as the fourth single from Carrie Underwood's second studio album, Carnival Ride. The song was written by Gordie Sampson, Steve McEwan, and Hillary Lindsey. The song was officially released to radio on July 21, 2008. A video for the song was released on August 5, 2008. The song was nominated for 2010 Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

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Last Name (song)

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Love Song (Anne Murray album)

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Nothin' Better to Do

"Nothin' Better to Do" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist LeAnn Rimes. It was released in May 2007 as the lead-off single to her album Family. It was Rimes' fourteenth Top 20 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, peaking at number 14 in December 2007. Rimes wrote the song with then-husband Dean Sheremet and Darrell Brown.

Rimes set a record on the Billboard charts by being the first artist to simultaneously chart with a single on their Country, AC, and Club Play charts with "Nothin' Better to Do." The song was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

Redneck Woman

"Redneck Woman" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Gretchen Wilson. Wilson wrote this song with John Rich. It was released in March 2004 as the lead-off single to her multi-platinum debut album Here for the Party. The song is Wilson's only number-one single on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, and it also reached number 22 on the Billboard Hot 100. Internationally, the song found modest success in Australia, Ireland, and the United Kingdom, reaching number 50 on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart, number 45 on the Irish Singles Chart, and number 42 on the UK Singles Chart.

The song, which is considered Wilson's signature song, also earned a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 2005. In June 2014, Rolling Stone ranked the song number 97 on the "100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time".

Rosanne Cash discography

The discography of Rosanne Cash, an American singer-songwriter, consists of fourteen studio albums, six compilation albums, one tribute album, and 39 singles. The daughter of Johnny Cash, Rosanne Cash recorded her self-titled debut album in 1978 under the German label Ariola. After signing with Columbia Records in 1979, Cash's second studio album Right or Wrong was released. Its lead single "No Memories Hangin' Around" (a duet with Bobby Bare) reached the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Cash's third studio release, Seven Year Ache (1981) gained major success when the title track peaked at number one on the Billboard Country chart, followed by "My Baby Thinks He's a Train" and "Blue Moon with a Heartache," which also reached the top spot. The album's follow-up effort, Somewhere in the Stars (1982) produced three Top 20 hits on the Billboard chart. After a 3-year hiatus, Cash issued Rhythm & Romance in 1985, which reached #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums list. It spawned four Top 10 singles. This included the number one single, "I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me," which won the Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 1986. Her sixth album, King's Record Shop was released in 1987. The album peaked at number six on the country albums chart and certified gold in the United States. The four singles released from King's Record Shop all reached number one on the Billboard Country chart between 1987 and 1988, including a cover of Johnny Cash's "Tennessee Flat-Top Box."In 1990, Cash released her seventh studio recording, Interiors, which gained critical acclaim by music critics, but only produced one Top 40 single, "What We Really Want." Her next release, The Wheel (1993) was Cash's final release for Columbia and did not spawn any major hits. In 1996, 10 Song Demo, an eleven-track album of demo recordings, was released on Capitol Records. Cash returned to recording 2003 with her eleventh studio release, Rules of Travel, which was produced by her husband, John Leventhal on Capitol. It was followed by 2006's Black Cadillac, which reflected upon the death of her father, her mother, and stepmother. In October 2009, she issued her thirteenth studio release, The List, which was based on a personal list given to her by her father that he considered to be the "one hundred essential country songs." Her fourteenth studio album, The River & the Thread was released in January 2014.

Rose Garden (album)

Rose Garden is a multi-million selling, RIAA Platinum-certified studio album by country singer Lynn Anderson. It was released in late 1970 as the title song was climbing country and pop music charts around the world. The single went on to top the Country charts, where it stayed at the number 1 position for five weeks. It reached number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart in early 1971 and hit number 1 in both Cash Box and Record World. It was an international top five pop hit in numerous countries. Anderson received a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for the record. It would remain the biggest selling album by a female country artist for 27 years (1970-1997).

The album went platinum in the United States, arguably the first female country artist release to do so (Tammy Wynette's Greatest Hits from 1969 also went platinum but given that the RIAA did not officially have "platinum" records until 1976 there was no way to tell which album reached the sales mark first; Columbia/Epic gave Anderson and Wynette each platinum record trophies in late 1972.) The album Rose Garden continued to sell well for over a decade and later managed to receive an official platinum record as well for sales post-1976.

The album Rose Garden hit the Billboard country album chart on December 26, 1970 and by the February 13th issue had climbed to number 1 on the chart where it would remain for 14 weeks, the longest run at the top of that chart for any country female vocalist until Shania Twain's The Woman in Me album in 1995, 25 years later. Rose Garden still ranks among the top 50 country albums of alltime in the history of the country album chart. The disc peaked at number 19 on the Billboard 200 albums pop chart, by far Anderson's best showing on that chart. The album was also nominated for "Album of the Year" by the Country Music Association and was in print for over 15 years. Anderson was also nominated for "Record of the Year" for the single of "Rose Garden" and won the Female Vocalist of the Year award at the same ceremonies breaking Tammy Wynette's three-year winning streak.

Suffer Time

Suffer Time is an album by country music singer, Dottie West, released in 1966.

This album was Dottie West's most successful album in her whole 20-year career of releasing albums. The album peaked all the way at #3 on Billboard's "Top Country Albums" list in 1966. The album featured West's biggest hit so far during her career, the #5 hit "Would You Hold It Against Me", as well as the #17 hit "What's Come Over My Baby". It also included the #22 hit "Before the Ring on Your Finger Turns Green", as well as the #24 hit "Mommy Can I Still Call Him Daddy". Both "Would You Hold It Against Me" and "Before the Ring on Your Finger Turns Green" was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. Seven of the dozen songs on the album, including the two biggest hits, were written by West and her husband Bill. Suffer Time is one of West's best-known albums.

Tell Me What It's Like

"Tell Me What It's Like" is a song written by Ben Peters and performed by Brenda Lee. The song reached #8 on the U.S. country chart and #18 on the Canadian country chart in 1979. It was featured on her 1980 album, Even Better. The song was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

The song was produced by Ron Chancey and arranged by Bergen White.

Travelin' Prayer

"Travelin' Prayer" is a single written and performed by singer Billy Joel, and released as the 3rd single from his 1973 album Piano Man. The song is described as an urgent, banjo-fueled gem. It reached number #77 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #34 on the Adult Contemporary chart in 1974. It was a slightly bigger hit in Canada, where it reached #61.

The country-flavored song has been covered by both Earl Scruggs and Dolly Parton. Parton's version is particularly noteworthy, having been awarded a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 1999.

Willow in the Wind

Willow in the Wind is the fifth studio album by American country music artist Kathy Mattea. It was released in 1989 (see 1989 in country music) on Mercury Records. The album is her highest-peaking entry on the Top Country Albums charts, where it reached number 6. It was also certified gold by the RIAA. Four singles were released from it, and all four reached Top Ten on the Billboard country singles charts. First were the back-to-back number 1 hits "Come from the Heart" and "Burnin' Old Memories", followed by the number 10 "Where've You Been" and number 2 "She Came from Fort Worth". "Where've You Been" was also a minor hit on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts, peaking at number 25 there. This song also earned her the 1990 Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

Would You Hold It Against Me

"Would You Hold It Against Me" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music singer Dottie West. It was released in March 1966 as the second single from the album Suffer Time. West wrote the song with her then-husband Bill.

By 1966, Dottie West's professional career in Country music was only getting started. However, two years before, West achieved her first Top 10 hit with "Here Comes My Baby". The song won West a Grammy award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 1965, making West the first female Country singer to ever win a Grammy. However, after the success of "Here Comes My Baby", West couldn't really follow-up her success with another Top 10 hit for a while, and West never won a Grammy award again, although she would receive several later nominations.

However, 1966 was a year of great change for West. Not only did she release her highest-selling solo album of all time ("Suffer Time"), but she also released the single "Would You Hold It Against Me". The song was written by West and her husband Bill. The song was released on her new album that year, and was soon released to the Country charts.

The song became Dottie West's biggest hit of the year, peaking at number 5 on the Hot Country Songs list in 1966. The song was West's biggest hit as a solo artist that decade. "Would You Hold It Against Me" was definitely a Nashville Sound recording, with violins and other string instruments that can be heard in the background of the song.

"Would You Hold It Against Me" set the stage for a couple of other hits in the 1960s for West.

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