Lauren Alaina dyed her hair pink, but who among us hasn't done something similar on a whim? Miranda Lambert, Kellie Pickler ... they've done it, too! But these seven artists went a step — or two or three steps — further.
Great country women like Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Reba McEntire left an indelible mark on the genre, changing the rules and tilting the balance back toward fair and equal. A generation or two later, a dozen modern country stars and newcomers are doing the same thing.
As interesting as who received nominations for the 2017 ACM Awards is who didn't. While a few stars woke up with a pleasant surprise, there are a few who have a right to be confused or straight-up angry.
Sure, we loved albums by country stars like Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban and Dierks Bentley last year, but we’re so over you, 2016! There are dozens of promising albums lined up for 2017, including follow-ups from some of country music’s most promising hit makers.