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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 invited Runaway June and duo Maddie and Tae to join her on her 2019 Cry Pretty Tour 360!
Underwood wasn’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 2018. Despite having a lack of females on country radio, CMT decided to showcase all the female heavy-hitters in country music 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 were 2018’s honorees – and Loretta Lynn received the award for Artist of a Lifetime during the October 2018 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 Cry Pretty Tour 360.
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!