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CMT’s Next Women of Country Adds Five Artists

Lindsay Ell, Lucy Hale, Nikki Lane, Angaleena Presley and Natalie Stovall & the Drive are the latest artists to join CMT’s Next Women of Country, an initiative recognizing women who are making a major impact on country music.

In 2013, the first round of CMT’s Next Women of Country featured Kacey Musgraves (who went on to win two Grammy Awards less than a year after her debut album was released) and Brandy Clark (whose 12 Stories album was heralded from coast to coast for its wit, sass and soul).

So good things are bound to happen for this next round of female artists. And it’s not just their voices that have us looking forward to their music. It’s their music, in general.

Women have a way of avoiding the same old tired trends. (Can you imagine a world where women sang about men the way men sing about women?) Instead, these women dig deep and find the stories and the lyrics that make listeners stop and think.

Give these five pioneers a listen. You can hear them all at and watch exclusive video premieres, live performances and more. And if you’re going to say something nice about these artists, use the hashtag #NextWomen so they can hear your comments.