Women in country music

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Dixie Chicks, Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton and more: Take a look at notable female country singers from then and now.

Kelsea Ballerini

Kelsea Ballerini, who was nominated for best new
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Kelsea Ballerini, who was nominated for best new artist at the 2017 Grammy Awards, is best known for tracks like "Peter Pan" and "Love Me Like You Mean It." Ballerini stops at Long Island on her "Legends" tour at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh on July 14, 2017.

Maren Morris

At 27, the newly-engaged country music star has
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At 27, the newly-engaged country music star has already released four studio albums. Her single, "My Church," hit No. 1 on the Country Digital Songs chart in 2016.

Kimberly Schlapman and Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town

Kimberly Schlapman, left, and Karen Fairchild of Little
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Kimberly Schlapman, left, and Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town have been making their way in the country music scene since 1998. The group won the group video of the year award for "Better Man" at the 2017 CMT Music Awards.

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Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum

Hillary Scott, the vocalist of Lady Antebellum, is
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Hillary Scott, the vocalist of Lady Antebellum, is the daughter of country music singer Linda Davis. Lady Antebellum won five awards at the 53rd Grammy Awards, including song of the year and record of the year for "Need You Now."

Lauren Alaina

Lauren Alaina, runner-up on season 10 of
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Lauren Alaina, runner-up on season 10 of "American Idol," has toured with Jason Aldean and Sugarland. She released her second album, "Road Less Traveled," on Jan. 27, 2017.

Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves performs at the concert
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Kacey Musgraves performs at the concert "Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard" at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., on April 6, 2017. Musgraves released three albums before appearing on the fifth season of "Nashville Star" in 2007.

Cassadee Pope

Country music queen Cassadee Pope rose in popularity
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Country music queen Cassadee Pope rose in popularity after winning "The Voice" in December 2012. As of July 12, 2017, Pope cut ties with her longtime fiancé, Rian Dawson.

Maddie & Tae

Country duo Maddie & Tae's debut album,
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Country duo Maddie & Tae's debut album, "Start Here," was released on Aug. 28, 2015, and includes the singles "Girl in a Country Song" and "Fly."

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Jessie James Decker

Jessie James Decker is known for country hits
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Jessie James Decker is known for country hits like "Lights Down Low" and "I Look So Good," as well as her reality TV show, "Eric & Jessie." She's married to NFL player Eric Decker.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is one of the best-selling artists
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Taylor Swift is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 40 million albums around the globe. The star currently has 10 Grammy awards, 21 Billboard Music Awards, 11 Country Music Association awards, and 8 Academy of Country Music awards. Her tracks, including "Blank Space" and "Bad Blood," hit No. 1 in the United States, Australia and Canada.

Brenda Lee

Country singer Brenda Lee was a top-charting icon
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Country singer Brenda Lee was a top-charting icon in the '60s. Lee sang the holiday classic "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree."

Shania Twain

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"Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" is just one of Shania Twain's notable tracks. Her next album, "Now," is scheduled for release on Sept. 29, 2017.

LeAnn Rimes

LeAnn Rimes is notable for songs like
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LeAnn Rimes is notable for songs like "How Do I Live" and "Can't Fight the Moonlight," both of which were popular in the 1990s-early 2000s.

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Dixie Chicks

Dixie Chicks (from left, Emily Robison, Natalie Maines
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Dixie Chicks (from left, Emily Robison, Natalie Maines and Martie Maguire) have won 13 Grammys and made waves with their outspoken songs, including the 2006 hit "Not Ready to Make Nice," written in response to backlash the band received after Maines said onstage during a 2003 concert that she was "ashamed" that then-President George W. Bush was from Texas.

Carrie Underwood

Country music star Carrie Underwood's popularity grew after
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Country music star Carrie Underwood's popularity grew after she won season four of "American Idol." Underwood has won seven Grammy awards and is known for multiple songs including "Jesus Take The Wheel" and "Before He Cheats."

Trisha Yearwood

Powerhouse Trisha Yearwood, seen in 2012, (married to
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Powerhouse Trisha Yearwood, seen in 2012, (married to fellow country royalty Garth Brooks, left), first hit in 1991 and has three Grammys in her awards collection.

Mindy McCready

Mindy McCready's 1996 album
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Mindy McCready's 1996 album "Ten Thousand Angels" is certified platinum, while her 1997 album, "If I Don't Stay The Night," has gone gold. McCready, who hit the top of the country charts before personal problems sidetracked her career, died Feb. 17, 2013 from a suicide.

Kitty Wells

Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Kitty Wells,
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Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Kitty Wells, seen in 1976, broke down female barriers in the country music industry when she debuted her hit song, "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" in 1952. Wells was one of the first female mainstream country artists in the 1960's, and brought other female country artists to light.

Dolly Parton

The one, the only: Dolly Parton. Parton made
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The one, the only: Dolly Parton. Parton made her debut in 1967 with "Hello, I'm Dolly" after songwriting for numerous country artists in the industry. In 1999, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

June Carter Cash

June Carter Cash worked on three solo country
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June Carter Cash worked on three solo country albums throughout her lifetime and she shares credit on multiple albums by her husband, Johnny Cash. Her fourth album, "Wildwood Flower," released 2003, won two Grammys.

Patsy Cline

Country singer Patsy Cline, who was posthumously inducted
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Country singer Patsy Cline, who was posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1973, received national awards in 1961 and 1962 for her country music.

Barbara Mandrel

Country music superstar Barbara Mandrel recorded more than
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Country music superstar Barbara Mandrel recorded more than 20 albums and starred in her own top-rated variety show.

Tammy Wynette

Country artist Tammy Wynette was famous for songs
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Country artist Tammy Wynette was famous for songs including "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" and "Till I Can Make It on My Own."

Wanda Jackson

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"Right or Wrong," "Let's Have a Party" and "Fujiyama Mama" are all songs credited and performed by country music artist Wanda Jackson. Jackson grew in popularity in the '60s, being one of the first female country stars to garner attention.

Crystal Gayle

Crystal Gayle, known for her 1977 hit
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Crystal Gayle, known for her 1977 hit "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue," had 20 No. 1 country hits during the '70s and '80s.

Kellie Pickler

Kellie Pickler finished in sixth place on the
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Kellie Pickler finished in sixth place on the fifth season of "American Idol," which allowed her to release a debut album, "Small Town Girl," which sold over 900,000 copies. Pickler also won the 16th season of "Dancing with the Stars" with her partner, Derek Hough.

Martina McBride

Country star Martina McBride has been in the
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Country star Martina McBride has been in the music industry for over 20 years. She is credited with writing and performing the hit track "Concrete Angel."

Wynonna Judd

Wynonna got her start performing with her mother
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Wynonna got her start performing with her mother in The Judds. She later dropped the last name and began her solo career. She has since released eight albums.

Reba McEntire

Reba McEntire, who has been in the music
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Reba McEntire, who has been in the music industry for more than 40 years, is one of the best-selling artists of all time. McEntire has sold more than 85 million records worldwide.

Loretta Lynn

Loretta Lynn is a country singer who gained
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Loretta Lynn is a country singer who gained popularity in the 1960's with multiple gold records. In 2017, the artist postponed the release of her new album and cancelled her tour dates after experiencing a stroke.

Patty Loveless

Country singer Patty Loveless got her start in
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Country singer Patty Loveless got her start in the music industry with her first self-titled album. Her blend of honky tonk and country-rock style of music helped her gain popularity.

Faith Hill

Faith Hill, who is married to fellow country
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Faith Hill, who is married to fellow country singer/songwriter Tim McGraw, has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide.

Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert has released six country music albums
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Miranda Lambert has released six country music albums -- her fifth received the Grammy Award for best country album. Lambert was married to country music star Blake Shelton until 2015.

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