Miranda Lambert: Country's Rebel Girl Grows Up

The Rest Of Country's New A-List
We still love Garth and Reba, but Miranda's not the only one who's got us excited about a new generation of superstars.

Jason Aldean
Hits like ''Dirt Road Anthem'' and the Kelly Clarkson collab ''Don't You Wanna Stay'' have propelled Aldean's album My Kinda Party to double-platinum status.

Taylor Swift
Some call her pop, others say she's country. But if the girl can keep churning out blockbusters like 2010's Speak Now, both formats will be very happy to have her.

Zac Brown Band
Seven of the Georgia harmonizers' first eight singles topped the country chart — and their 2010 Grammy win for Best New Artist wasn't too shabby either.

Blake Shelton
He doesn't sell quite as many albums as his wife, but the Voice judge's last five singles — including ''God Gave Me You'' — have all gone to No. 1.

Lady Antebellum
Whether or not they'll ever match the success of ''Need You Now,'' the trio's latest, Own the Night, has sold an impressive 687,000 copies in just six weeks.

The Band Perry
The sibling band's breakout ballad ''If I Die Young'' has proved unkillable: A smash on both country and pop radio, it has been downloaded more than 3 million times. —Grady Smith

Originally posted Nov 04, 2011 Published in issue #1180 Nov 11, 2011 Order article reprints

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