Awards season is finally here! Naturally, before we can get to the performances and red carpet looks, nomination lists must be released. With each release, fans take to social media to debate over artists they believe may be over-hyped or snubbed from each list. One particular group in country music that has faced the latter of these two issues time and time again are female artists. Women in country, while a major part of the genre, are routinely underrepresented for their contributions. It’s hard to believe during an era of country music where we have acts like Kacey Musgraves, Carrie Underwood, and Maren Morris that this is the first time two female acts have been nominated for Entertainer of the Year since 2000 when The Chicks and Faith Hill were in the running.

The two female artists that have received nominations for the coveted EOTY award are Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood. Lambert’s nominations for this year’s awards only starts there. The country star has also received nods for the female vocalist, album, single, song, musical event, and music video of the year awards! With her seven nominations, the singer has surpassed Reba McEntire as the most nominated female artist in CMA history with 55 nods from the Association. Beyond just Lambert’s success, women in country saw three nominations in both the single of the year and new artist of the categories. Neither of these categories have seen this much female representation since the 90s! Hopefully, this year’s CMA Awards will mark the beginning of a time where women’s contribution to country music is more greatly appreciated. Only time will tell though, and we will have to wait and see who ends up winning big on November 11!

Check out Miranda’s Tweet thanking her fans and the CMA’s for all of the love they have shown her over the years below.