WATCH: Megan Moroney Shines Bright At CMA Fest During Main Stage Debut

The rising star admits this was a “bucket list” moment.

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Lauren Jo Black

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June 25, 2024

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Megan Moroney performs at Nissan Stadium on Sunday, June 9 during CMA Fest 2024 in downtown Nashville; Photo by Hunter Berry, CMA

Megan Moroney wowed the CMA Fest audience with a dazzling performance of the crowd-favorite, “I’m Not Pretty.”

Sporting a royal blue mini dress, a nod to her forthcoming new album, Moroney sent a message to the mean girls and reminded fans of their self-worth as she belted out the lyrics to the empowering tune. 

“Somewhere out there my ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend’s scrolling through my Instagram/ Tearing me down, passing the phone around like there’s nothing better to do/ Zooming out, Zooming in overanalyzin’/ Like the queen of the mean girls’ committee/ But hey whatever helps/ Keep on telling yourself/ I’m not pretty,” she sang as fans inside Nissan Stadium echoed every word. 

Megan Moroney performs at Nissan Stadium on Sunday, June 9 during CMA Fest 2024 in downtown Nashville; Photo by Acacia Evans, CMA
Megan Moroney performs at Nissan Stadium on Sunday, June 9 during CMA Fest 2024 in downtown Nashville; Photo by Acacia Evans, CMA

Moroney co-wrote the tune, which appears on her debut album, LUCKY, with Ben Williams, Micah Carpenter, and Mackenzie Carpenter.   

“It’s a mostly true story (you can find the spring break throwback pic on my Instagram) but not meant to be taken too seriously,” Moroney previously shared of the song. “I think everyone can relate to somebody keeping tabs on them on social media. It was fun to write and it’s fun to sing and hopefully will become an anthem for the girls.”

The Georgia native’s CMA Fest performance was a memorable one as it was her first time having the opportunity to perform on the main stage. In 2023, she appeared at Nissan Stadium, but played on the smaller platform stage.

I’m so excited…this year we’re on the main stage, so we get to do more than two songs and I get to have my band up there and I’m just so looking forward to it,” she shared ahead of her performance. “This will be my first time on the main stage in Nissan Stadium. So obviously living in Nashville, it’s definitely a bucket list, a bucket list thing that we’re checking off tonight.”

Moroney will return to Nissan Stadium later this summer when she opens for Kenny Chesney on his Sun Goes Down 2024 Tour. 

Megan Moroney performs at Nissan Stadium on Sunday, June 9 during CMA Fest 2024 in downtown Nashville; Photo by Hunter Berry, CMA
Megan Moroney performs at Nissan Stadium on Sunday, June 9 during CMA Fest 2024 in downtown Nashville; Photo by Hunter Berry, CMA

Hosted by Jelly Roll and Ashley McBryde, CMA Fest on ABC also included performances by Kelsea Ballerini, Big & Rich, Clint Black, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Terri Clark, Jordan Davis, Jackson Dean, Billy F Gibbons, HARDY, Jelly Roll, Cody Johnson, Little Big Town, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ashley McBryde, Parker McCollum, Jon Pardi, Carly Pearce, Post Malone, Shaboozey, Blake Shelton, Brittney Spencer, The War And Treaty, Thomas Rhett, Keith Urban, Gretchen Wilson, Lainey Wilson and Bailey Zimmerman. 

The three-hour concert special, dubbed “the Music Event of the Summer,” was filmed during CMA Fest in Nashville, which took place Thursday, June 6 through Sunday, June 9, 2024. 

CMA Fest 2025 is scheduled for Thursday, June 5 to Sunday, June 8 in Nashville. Four-day passes are available for purchase now. For more details, visit the official CMA Fest website.

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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.