When the CMA Awards celebrated their inaugural year in 1967, two of the most coveted awards of the night were Male and Female Vocalist of the Year. More than 50 years later, that sentiment has not changed.

Awarded to artists who have had an exemplary prior year, the awards for Male and Female Vocalist of the Year are honors to receive, not just in recognition of a single musical work, but in recognition of a year spent contributing to the country music genre as a whole. George Strait, Vince Gill and Blake Shelton are all currently tied for the most Male Vocalist of the Year wins (they each have five), while Miranda Lambert has cleaned up in the Female Vocalist of the Year category, with a record-setting six awards.

Other repeat Male and Female Vocalist of the Year winners include Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and Ronnie Milsap, all of whom have three, as well as Carrie Underwood and Loretta Lynn, who have four and three wins apiece, respectively. And while it may be surprising that big names such as Willie Nelson and Garth Brooks have never taken home the honor, it may be even more surprising to find that Olivia Newton-John has! She won in 1974 and remains the only non-American Female Vocalist of the Year winner in CMA Awards history.

Click through the photo gallery above to learn more about every artist who has ever been crowned Male or Female Vocalist of the Year at the CMA Awards.

The 2017 CMA Awards are scheduled to air on ABC on Nov. 8, at 8PM ET; the ceremony will take place live at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will host the ceremony for the 10th year in a row.

The Boot will be staying up late covering the most buzzed-about winners, fashion and moments at the 2017 CMA Awards. Readers can watch along with us by checking back to TheBoot.com for the latest CMAs headlines, liking The Boot on Facebook and following The Boot on Twitter.

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