UPDATE: This poll has closed early. On March 26, the ACM revealed that Brett YoungLauren Alaina and Midland are 2018's New Male Vocalist of the Year, New Female Vocalist of the Year and New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year, respectively.

The ACM Awards' New Female Vocalist of the Year category has historically showcased some of the finest talent in the country music world, and this year is no exception. The lineup in 2018 is a cast of young, passionate artists who have something to say and the voices to get the job done.

Lauren Alaina is back on the list of nominees in this category this year, after a fierce competition last year that Maren Morris won. In 2018, Alaina is also nominated in the Vocal Event of the Year category, for her hit collaboration with childhood friend Kane Brown on "What Ifs." Another former TV singing competition contestant, Danielle Bradbery, is also in the running for this category. She was crowned the Season 4 winner of The Voice in 2013, at the age of 16, and she's been steadily working her way into a solid fan base while opening for some of Nashville's biggest stars in the years since.

Carly Pearce earned her first No. 1 hit in 2017 with "Every Little Thing," the title track to her major-label debut. She's been working the music scene since she was a teenager, and it's paying off for her. The final 2018 ACM Awards New Female Vocalist of the year nominee, RaeLynn, meanwhile, had her first album, Wildhorse, debut in the Top 10 on the country charts; although it took her a while to release the project, she's built a rapidly expanding fan base in the years since her time on The Voice (Season 3 in 2012).

Who deserves New Female Vocalist of the Year at the 2018 ACM Awards? Vote for your pick in the poll below; you can vote as often as once per hour through the end of the day on Thursday, April 12. The Boot's staff will tally the votes and use them for our readers vs. staff predictions before the show.

The 2018 ACM Awards are set to take place in Las Vegas, Nev., on April 15, and air live on CBS beginning at 8PM ET. The ceremony will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

The Boot will be staying up late covering the most buzzed-about winners, fashion and moments at the 2018 ACM Awards. Readers can watch along with us by checking back to TheBoot.com for the latest ACMs headlines, liking The Boot on Facebook and following The Boot on Twitter.

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