Picks and Pans Review: Miranda Lambert's Top 5 Country Singers

UPDATED 04/19/2010 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 04/19/2010 at 01:00 AM EDT

>• Up for six Academy of Country Music Awards on April 18 (airing 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS), the Nashville star, 26, reveals her vocal heroes.

MERLE HAGGARD

He's my No. 1. I really believe the stories he tells about cheating, drinking and jail. His voice is so smooth, it's like whiskey.

ALLISON MOORER

When I started writing songs at 17, I found Alabama Song. It taught me I had something to say. Her voice has a heart in it.

TAMMY WYNETTE

I tried out for this musical, The Tammy Wynette Story, when I was 16 and was picked as a backup.

STEVE EARLE

I accidentally plagiarized him on "Kerosene" because he's such an influence. He has half the royalties, so we're all good.

BLAKE SHELTON

It sounds contrived to mention (my boyfriend), but he's an amazing vocalist. We both sing around the house.

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