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Lauren Alaina had one of country’s busiest years. She kicked off 2017 with the release of her sophomore album, “The Road Less Traveled,” whose title track scored the “American Idol” alum her very first No. 1 single. Boasting a message of female empowerment and loving yourself exactly the way you are, the buzz-worthy track also spawned a full-length romantic comedy film, which Lauren starred in, marking her debut as an actress.


But her success didn’t stop there. She soon earned her second chart-topper at radio thanks to her “What Ifs” duet with hometown pal and fellow Rare Country Awards nominee Kane Brown.

The popularity of “The Road Less Traveled” scored her opening slots on tours with Martina McBride and Luke Bryan. In addition, the Georgia-native also earned her first-ever CMA Award nomination in the coveted New Artist of the Year category. She actually celebrated her 23rd birthday at this year’s awards show. Next, she’ll ring in the holiday season with an appearance on the iconic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Lauren is now nominated for Female Artist of the Year in the Rare Country Awards, and it’s up to you to decide the winner. Voting begins Nov. 13 at RareCountryAwards.com and runs until Dec. 13. Winners will be revealed during a livestreamed concert on Dec. 14.

There was hardly a road Lauren Alaina didn’t travel in 2017
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