Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton and More Bring Girl Power to the 2019 CMA Awards

Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire and other artists hit the stage for an iconic performance at the 2019 CMA Awards.

By Pamela Avila 14 Nov, 2019 1:24 AMTags
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Country music's biggest night just got a whole lot bigger. 

In August, it was announced that Carrie Underwood was set to host the 2019 CMA Awards and that the superstar would be joined up on stage by guest hosts Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire. Together, this amazing trio has nabbed 124 CMA nominations and 22 wins. 

As if having these crème de la crème country stars hosting the biggest night in country music wasn't enough, the Country Music Association announced that the most iconic female singers in country music would also team up to perform a not-to-be-missed opening performance at the 2019 CMAs. 

Of course, these country stars did not disappoint! On stage, the "Before You Cheat" singer joined co-hosts, Reba and Dolly, to lead a legendary performance that also included Terri Clark, Sara Evans, Crystal Gayle, the Highwomen (which is made up of Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris and Amanda Shires), Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles, Tanya Tucker and Gretchen Wilson

The opening number was an iconic homage to country music's sheroes. Of course, Carrie, Reba and Dolly opened the medley with "Those Memories of You" before handing off the stage to Jennifer and Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild and Kimberley Schlapman who performed the classic tune "You're Lookin' at Country" by 87-year-old Loretta Lynn

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The Highwomen and Dolly then broke out into Tammy Wynette's "Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad" followed by Texas native Tanya Tucker performing one of her hit songs "Delta Down." 

The 46-year-old country artist Gretchen Wilson then took the stage to perform her classic "Redneck Woman" with backup from Carrie, Dolly and others. Finally, the star-studded cast of country singers ended the legendary performance with a rendition of Martina McBride's "Independence Day." 

It's safe to say we'll keep watching this unforgettable performance on repeat.

The 53rd annual CMA Awards will also feature special performances from Kelsea Ballerini with Lindsay EllMaddie & TaeAshley McBrydeRunaway June and Carly Pearce

Fans turning into the CMA's will also enjoy performances from Garth Brooks and Blake SheltonBrooks & Dunn with Brothers OsborneDan + ShayKacey Musgraves with Willie NelsonLady Antebellum and Halsey

Old Dominion and Thomas Rhett are slated to perform at this year's CMA's, along with Eric ChurchLuke CombsMiranda LambertP!nkChris Stapleton and Keith Urban

It's about to be a legendary night for country music!