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Constance June Meador (also known as Connie Smith; born August 14, 1941) is an American singer. Her contralto vocals have been described by music writers as significant and influential to the women of country music. A similarity has been noted between her vocal style and that of Patsy Cline.

Smith was discovered in 1963. She signed with RCA Victor Records in 1964. She remained with the label until 1973. Her first single "Once a Day" hit #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in November 1964. It was at the top position for eight weeks. "Once a Day" became Smith's biggest hit.

Smith was nominated at the Grammy Awards for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

Smith's success continued with another 19 top-ten hits during the 1960s and 1970s. Those included "Ain't Had No Lovin'", "Cincinnati, Ohio" and "I Never Once Stopped Loving You."

Smith was nominated for eleven Grammy Awards.

Smith was born in Elkhart, Indiana. She later lived in West Virginia and Ohio.

Awards, nominations and honors

Smith has won two awards from both Billboard Magazine and Cash Box. Besides her nominations from music magazines, she has been nominated for 11 Grammy Awards, one award from the Academy of Country Music, and three awards from the Country Music Association, as well as several nominations from the fan-voted Music City News Awards including one win.

Year Association Category Result Ref.
1964 Billboard Magazine Most Promising Female Country Artist Won
1965 Grammy Awards Best Country and Western Single – "Once a Day" Nominated
Best New Country and Western Artist Nominated
Best Country & Western Vocal Performance, Female – "Once a Day" Nominated
Billboard Magazine Most Promising Female Country Artist Won
Billboard Magazine Favorite Female Country Performer Nominated
Favorite Album (1964–1965) – Connie Smith Nominated
Cash Box Most Promising Female Country Vocalist Won
Country Music Review Most Promising Female Singer Won
1966 Grammy Awards Best Sacred Recording – Connie Smith Sings Great Sacred Songs Nominated
Best Country and Western Vocal Performance, Female – "Ain't Had No Lovin'" Nominated
Billboard Magazine Favorite Female Country Performer Nominated
Favorite Country Album – Cute 'n' Country Nominated
Cash Box Most Programmed Female Artist Won
Country Music Life Award Favorite Female Artist Won
Record World Top Female Vocalist Won
Most Outstanding Female Country and Western Vocalist Won
1967 Billboard Magazine Top Country Artist, Female Vocalist Nominated
Cash Box Most Programmed Female Artist Nominated
Record World Top Female Vocalist Nominated
Country Music Association Awards Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated
1968 Grammy Awards Best Country & Western Solo Vocal Performance, Female – "Cincinnati, Ohio" Nominated
1969 Academy of Country Music Top Female Vocalist Nominated
Grammy Awards Best Country Vocal Performance, Female – "Ribbon of Darkness" Nominated
1970 Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated
1971 Grammy Awards Best Sacred Performance – "Whispering Hope" (with Nat Stuckey) Nominated
1972 Music City News Awards Top Female Vocalist Nominated
Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated
1974 Grammy Awards Best Inspirational Performance – "All the Praises" Nominated
Music City News Awards Top Female Vocalist Nominated
1975 Music City News Awards Top Female Vocalist Nominated
1976 Grammy Awards Best Gospel Performance – Connie Smith Sings Hank Williams Gospel Nominated
1979 Music City News Awards Gospel Group/Act of the Year Won
2002 Country Music Television 40 Greatest Women of Country Music – Rank (#9) Won
2007 Country Universe 100 Greatest Women – Rank (#24) Won
2010 Grammy Awards Best Country Collaboration with Vocals – "Run to You" (with Marty Stuart) Nominated
2012 Country Music Association Country Music Hall of Fame induction Won
2017 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Country Artists of All Time – Rank (#69) Won


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