The awards of the Academy of Country Music are related to the recognition of the contribution to the genre.
To do just that, Artist of the Year nominee Carrie Underwood took to the stage to perform a mix of songs by some of the most iconic women in country music.
The 37-year-old musician covers the films of Dolly Parton “Why did you come in here, you look like that”, “Crazy” by Patsy Klein, “The night the lights went out in Georgia” by Reba McInterty, “You are not” by Loretta Lynn Woman enough, “Barbara Mandrell” I Was a Country When the Country Wasn’t Cool “and Martina McBride̵
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“Patsy and Loretta, Martina and Barbara, Reba and Dolly. These strong voices mean so much to me and to all the other female performers who stand on their shoulders,” Underwood said. “They are one of my heroes and I am honored to stand by them as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. It is a pleasure to pay tribute to these legendary ladies as we celebrate Opry’s 95th birthday.”
The “American Idol” scholarship was presented at the Grand Ole Opry House, one of the three locations from which this year’s virtual event is broadcast. Other performances take place at Bluebird Café and Ryman Auditorium.
For his homage, Underwood wore a red calf-length dress with a floral design.
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The show was welcomed by fans online.
“Ummm @carrieunderwood, you’re TARGET,” singer Carly Pierce said online. “That last note, all due respect … thank you for always being so loyal to country music and the amazing @opry.”
Kelsey Ballerini suggested that Underwood was actually the artist of the year after the show.
“Carrie Underwood has just shown why she is the artist of the decade,” wrote a fan. “The country music industry is happy that you are @carrieunderwood. This performance was spectacular, you left the world breathless.”
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Added one more: “@carrieunderwood, which was a phenomenal performance, embracing some of the best in the history of country music … and wow those trumpets that end it with Broken Wings … what an amazing collaboration.”