Alison Krauss goes up against Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift at this year’s CMAs

Alison Krauss is nominated for two CMAs, and she doesn’t even have big hair.

If you’re saying “Huh?” then you must not be a country music fan, because the Country Music Association’s awards are bigger than Dolly Parton’s hair. (And you know the old saying: The higher the hair, the closer to God.) Alison Krauss is a singer/fiddler who’s been blazin’ some pretty fine trails since she burst on the bluegrass scene at the tender age of 14. Twenty Grammys later (and only in her 30s), she’s still kickin’ it and doing it as an independent. How twangin’ cool is that?

The CMA has nominated her for Female Vocalist of the Year (something she’s garnered three out of the last four years) and with Robert Plant for Musical Event of the Year. Yes, the Robert Plant from Led Zeppelin. But we’ll have to wait until Nov. 12 to see if she’s won.

Other nominees in the female vocalist category include Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood. I’m rooting for Krauss, although I wouldn’t cry if McBride won. I’d like to see Swift finish high school first.

On Nov. 11, the day before the awards show, Krauss will release a DVD featuring her band, Union Station, and several guests, including James Taylor and Brad Paisley. Krauss may be the only woman on the release — not that I have anything against honky tonkin’ men but hey, where are the ladies?

I’ll be glued to my TV screen in Nov. to see who wins. How about you?