Mickey Guyton, Brittney Spencer and Madeline Edwards Team Up for Powerful CMA Awards Performance
Rising stars Brittney Spencer and Madeline Edwards joined forces with CMA New Artist of the Year nominee Mickey Guyton during…
Mickey Guyton, Brittney Spencer, and Madeline Edwards; Photo Courtesy Donn Jones, CMA
Rising stars Brittney Spencer and Madeline Edwards joined forces with CMA New Artist of the Year nominee Mickey Guyton during the 55th Annual CMA Awards for a performance viewers won’t soon forget.
Faith Fennidy, who is on a mission to help end race based hair discrimination in the U.S., made an appearance to introduce the trio of performers, saying, “With your help, we can work together to ensure the next generation grows up in a respectful and open world for natural hair.”
Taking the stage together to sing “Love My Hair“ from Guyton’s recently released debut album, Remember Her Name, the trio of artists thoroughly impressed with their commanding stage presence and powerful vocals.
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Ahead of the show, Edwards recalled the moment she got the call to perform from Guyton and admitted she was in disbelief.
“She’s like, ‘Um, I just wanted to see if you guys wanted to sing on the CMAs with us’ and me and Brittney were just so shell-shocked at the question that we were just quiet,” Edwards shared. “The first minute was like, ‘Oh, did she really just ask us that?’”
“That’s kind of been our conversation for two months,” Spencer added. “‘Wow, this is happening. Wow, that happened. Oh my God, this is a thing…’”
Guyton went on to applaud the Country Music Association for being inclusive.
“I think the CMAs, especially this year, have really taken a lot of care to show the different sides of country music and here we are, three black women singing a song about loving ourselves, given that opportunity, and I just…yes, that’s why the CMAs are so special,” she said.
The 55th Annual CMA Awards also featured performances from Luke Combs, Jimmie Allen, Gabby Barrett, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Dan + Shay, Jennifer Hudson, Miranda Lambert, Old Dominion, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, and Zac Brown Band.
Additionally, the show included star-studded collaborations by Chris Young and Kane Brown, Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde, Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, BRELAND and HARDY.
Country singers Trace Adkins, Ingrid Andress, Kelsea Ballerini, Deana Carter, Russell Dickerson, Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson, Lady A, Scotty McCreery, Darius Rucker, Lainey Wilson, and Trisha Yearwood were on hand to present during the ceremony.
Lauren Daigle, Faith Fennidy, Freddie Freeman, Amy Grant, Dulé Hill, Elle King, Zachary Levi, Hayley Orrantia, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, Susan Sarandon, Saycon Sengbloh and Kurt Warner also made special appearances throughout the broadcast.
Hosted by Luke Bryan, the 2021 CMA Awards broadcasted live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 8/7c on ABC.
Lauren Jo Black
Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.