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 [1]
  • 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
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
Four-time winner Mary Chapin Carpenter
Four-time winner Mary Chapin Carpenter

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."
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
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"
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"
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"
2010 Taylor Swift "White Horse"
2011 Miranda Lambert "The House That Built Me"

Multiple wins


The following individuals received two or more wins in this category:[2]

Wins Performer
4 Emmylou Harris
Mary Chapin Carpenter
3 Anne Murray
Carrie Underwood
Dolly Parton
2 Faith Hill
K.T. Oslin
Shania Twain
Tammy Wynette

Multiple nominations


The following individuals received two or more nominations in this category:

Nominations Performer
18 Dolly Parton
Emmylou Harris
10 Trisha Yearwood
9 Martina McBride
Tammy Wynette
8 Crystal Gayle
7 Dottie West
Reba McEntire
6 LeAnn Rimes
Lee Ann Womack
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Tanya Tucker
5 Alison Krauss
Anne Murray
Barbara Mandrell
Carrie Underwood
Faith Hill
Rosanne Cash
Shania Twain
4 Connie Smith
Gretchen Wilson
Kathy Mattea
Loretta Lynn
Lynn Anderson
Miranda Lambert
Patty Loveless
Skeeter Davis
3 Janie Fricke
Juice Newton
K. T. Oslin
Pam Tillis
Wynonna Judd
2 Deana Carter
Jan Howard
Jean Shepard
Jeannie C. Riley
Jody Miller
k.d. lang
Lucinda Williams
Wanda Jackson


  1. ^ "Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance – Grammys Best Female Country Vocal Performance". Retrieved 21 September 2023.
  2. ^ "Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance Winners List". Ranker. Retrieved 21 September 2023.