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When Carrie Underwood announced she would be hitting the road to support her Cry Pretty album, fans were ecstatic! Although her pregnancy announcement in the same video may have overshadowed the touring news, we were even more excited for her to hit the road when we heard who would be opening for her.
Taking the term “Girl Power” to a new level, Underwood has invited Runaway June and duo Maddie and Tae to join her on her upcoming Cry Pretty Tour 360!
It seems that Underwood isn’t the only one who wanted to make a statement about female country singers. CMT followed suit when naming their Artists of the Year for this year. Despite having a lack of females on country radio right now, CMT decided to showcase all the female heavy-hitters in country music right now as their Artists of the Year.
Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman, and Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott are this year’s honorees – and Loretta Lynn received the award for Artist of a Lifetime during Wednesday night’s (Oct 18) live telecast.
Not only were all these incredible women honorees, they also each gave incredible performances showcasing just why they are recipients of this honor.
Underwood, Runaway June, and Maddie and Tae gave fans a taste of what’s to come for their upcoming Cry Pretty Tour 360, which kicks off on May 1st.
The “Cry Pretty” singer kicked off the medley solo, singing a slowed-down a cappella version of Tammy Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man.” She was joined by Maddie and Tae and Runaway June when Dolly Parton’s iconic piano intro to “9 to 5” began, getting everyone out of their seats with their awesome harmonies.
Maddie and Tae transitioned into “Rockin’ with the Rhythm of the Rain” by The Judds before Underwood took charge with Martina McBride’s “Independence Day.”
Runaway June moved side stage to honor Faith Hill with her hit “Wild One” and Underwood brought the sass with the Reba classic “Why Haven’t I Heard I Heard From You.”
The female supergroup then performed a snippet of “Man, I Feel Like A Woman,” which was so fitting for the message of the night – female empowerment!
Underwood closed out the night with her anthem “Cry Pretty,” proving why she is considered one of the best in business.
Watch their epic performance in the video below!
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