Carrie Underwood, Runaway June and Maddie & Tae Pay Tribute to Country Women Who Paved the Way [Watch]

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While Carrie Underwood was being honored at the CMT Artists of the Year event on Wednesday night (Oct. 17), the expectant mom used her performance slot to pay tribute to the women of country that came before her.

Carrie began the tribute with a solo performance of Tammy Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man.” Decked out in a black and gold mini dress, with baby bump front and center, Carrie belted out an acapella version of the classic hit.

“Sometimes it’s hard to be a women,” Carrie began the song. “Right, am I right ladies?” she interjected before finishing the tune alone. It was then the stage opened to reveal Carrie’s 2019 Cry Pretty 360 Tour mates, Runaway June and Maddie & Tae, joining her on the stage for the tribute.

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The all female performance took on Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5,” with Madde & Tae kicked off The Judds’ “Rockin’ with the Rhythm of the Rain.” Next up, Martina McBride’s “Independence Day,” followed by Runaway June taking lead on Faith Hill’s “Wild One.” Carrie took it back for Reba’s “Why Haven’t I Heard From You” before breaking into Shania Twain’s “Man! I Feel Like a Woman.” She closed the performance by using her powerful vocals on her current single “Cry Pretty.”

Prior to her performance, Carrie received her award from Keith Urban. She thanked CMT for the event and went on to give props to all the women in the country music industry.

“I definitely want to say to all the incredible, amazing, talented women who have been on this stage tonight. You are not here because you are women, you are here because you are dang good. And it is an honor to share this stage with you.”

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