Tonight is the night for women to be seen and heard! The 53rd Annual CMA Awards opened with an epic medley of iconic songs from nearly every decade, leaving fans wondering where does the show even go from here?!
The incredible moment was a tribute to decades past and proved that women may not have always been in the spotlight, but they have ALWAYS left their mark.
The legendary Loretta Lynn was watching on as Terri Clark, Tanya Tucker, Martina McBride, Sara Evans, Crystal Gale, Gretchen Wilson and more sang some of country music’s most legendary songs. The women finished the opening number with a powerful rendition of Martina McBride’s “Independence Day.”
Carrie Underwood, along with her special guest hosts and “shereos,” Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire, then addressed the crowd for the opening monologue and wholeheartedly spoke of their obligations to women and little girls out there with a dream.
They also shared a few jokes, of course.
What do you call three women of country music hosting the CMAs?
“You’re lucky night,” said Dolly, a nine-time CMA award winner.
Underwood then explained how preparing for the show has been a blast, except for sharing the dressing room with her counterparts, explaining there was hairspray everywhere.
The jokes and banter didn’t stop there. Parton pointed to Reba and Carrie and said they were well versed in social media, but she was more concerned with social security, prompting a good laugh from the audience.
Re-live the amazing women of country music performance in the clip above.