Country Music Spotlights the Women of Country Including Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire and More on CMA Awards

Carrie Underwood opening CMA Awards with women of country
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Amidst ongoing dialogue about the shortage of women in country music, the Country Music Association takes a bold step by bringing those fantastic female center stage for special performances during the 53rd Annual CMA Awards.

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The opening performance for the November 13 show will be led by co-hosts Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton, but features Terri Clark, Sara Evans, Crystal Gayle, The Highwomen, Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles Tanya Tucker and Gretchen Wilson.

Later in the show, Kelsea Ballerini, Lindsay Ell, Maddie and Tae, Ashley McBryde, Carly Pearce and Runaway June will collaborate on an iconic CMA Single and Song of the Year that will include a special appearance by Little Big Town.

Carrie appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America to gives viewers an idea of what to expect during the show’s broadcast.

“It’s a tribute to legends, women of country music, the now current people and we’re looking to the future, too,” she said, “which I really love having all of the elements come together and just being respectful and being loving and encouraging.”

The proud representative of the format also told the GMA hosts, “It’s the best genre of music, to me, to be in and be a part of, not just because of the talent but also because of the people. We’re all just living in Nashville doing what we do, and supportive of each other. It’s like the one night of the year where we’re all in the same place at the same time. You get to see your friends, you get to cheer each other on and be fans as well. It’s a great night.”

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Carrie went on to discuss the movement to promote women in country. “For me, personally, getting to be in a room with Dolly and Reba, those are two women that taught me how to do what I do. And looking forward, I want girls to be out watching this at home and seeing all of us on that stage and getting inspired and thinking, ‘I can do that, too, and I want to be a part of that.’ Come on!”

The 53rd Annual CMA Awards broadcast live from Nashville on November 13th at 8pm ET on ABC.