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 Friday, 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. Morris will play Madison Square Garden in Manhattan on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017.

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 Thursday, 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 perform during the
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Country duo Maddie & Tae perform during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. Their 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 arrives at the 52nd annual
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Jessie James Decker arrives at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Decker is known for country hits like "Lights Down Low" and "I Look So Good," as well as her reality TV show, "Eric & Jessie."

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift at the 47th annual Academy of
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Taylor Swift at the 47th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on April 1, 2012.

Brenda Lee

Brenda Lee holds her Pioneer Award at the
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Brenda Lee holds her Pioneer Award at the 2008 Academy of Country Music Honors in Nashville, Tenn. The country singer was a top-charting icon in the '60s.

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.

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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

Carrie Underwood arrives at the 2013 CMT Music
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Carrie Underwood arrives at the 2013 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. on June 5, 2013.

Trisha Yearwood

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

Mindy McCready

Mindy McCready performs at the CMA Music Festival
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Mindy McCready performs at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tenn. on June 5, 2008. McCready, who hit the top of the country charts before personal problems sidetracked her career, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013.

Kitty Wells

Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Kitty Wells
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Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Kitty Wells during the Country Music Association (CMA) awards in Nashville, TN. in 1976.

Dolly Parton

The one, the only: Dolly Parton.
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The one, the only: Dolly Parton.

June Carter Cash

June Carter Cash attends the 1977 CMA Awards
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June Carter Cash attends the 1977 CMA Awards in Nashville.

Patsy Cline

Country singer Patsy Cline, who was inducted into
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Country singer Patsy Cline, who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1973.

Barbara Mandrel

Country music superstar Barbara Mandrel in 1998. Mandrel
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Country music superstar Barbara Mandrel in 1998. Mandrel recorded over 20 albums and starred in her own top-rated variety show.

Tammy Wynette

Tammy Wynette appears with duet partner and former
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Tammy Wynette appears with duet partner and former husband George Jones in Nashville, Tenn in 1995. Wynette was famous for songs including "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" and Till I Can Make It on My Own".

Wanda Jackson

The rockin' Wanda Jackson at home in Oklahoma
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The rockin' Wanda Jackson at home in Oklahoma City on May 19, 2009.

Crystal Gayle

Crystal Gayle performs after her induction into the
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Crystal Gayle performs after her induction into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in Lexington, KY, in 2008.

Kellie Pickler

Kellie Pickler poses in a studio during the
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Kellie Pickler poses in a studio during the 2012 CMT Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. on June 6, 2012.

Martina McBride

Country star Martina McBride arrives at the 45th
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Country star Martina McBride arrives at the 45th Annual CMA Awards in Nashville. on Nov. 9, 2011. Celebrating 25 years in the country music industry, McBride is credited with the hit track "Concrete Angel".

Wynonna Judd

Wynonna Judd promotes her new book
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Wynonna Judd promotes her new book "Restless Heart" at Borders Columbus Circle in Manhattan on Jan. 25, 2011. The redheaded star first rose to fame alongside her mother in The Judds.

Reba McEntire

Reba McEntire attends the Entertainment Weekly & ABC
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Reba McEntire attends the Entertainment Weekly & ABC TV Up Front VIP Party at Dream Downtown in Manhattan on May 15, 2012.

Loretta Lynn

Loretta Lynn is a country singer with multiple
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Loretta Lynn is a country singer with multiple gold records. She recently postponed the release of her new album and cancelled her tour dates after experiencing a stroke in May.

Patty Loveless

Country singer Patty Loveless arrives at the 36th
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Country singer Patty Loveless arrives at the 36th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Los Angeles on May 9, 2001.

Faith Hill

Faith Hill arrives at the 2010 Oscars on
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Faith Hill arrives at the 2010 Oscars on March 7, 2010.

Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert poses backstage at the 47th Annual
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Miranda Lambert poses backstage at the 47th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 1, 2012.

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