‘Women Of Country’ Collaboration Opens CMA Awards 2019

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The CMA Awards 2019 ceremony started with an all-star “Women Of Country” show-opening performance featuring Dolly Parton, Tanya Tucker, Reba McEntire, The Highwomen and more. The annual event was held Wednesday night at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

The opening medley began with Dolly, Reba and Carrie Underwood singing “Those Memories of You,” which Parton recorded on her Trios album with Linda Rondstadt and Emmylou Harris. On a neighboring stage, Jennifer Nettles and Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman then paid tribute to Loretta Lynn, who watched from the audience as they sang “You’re Lookin’ At Country.” The other stage then saw Parton accompany The Highwomen — the supergroup of Maren Morris, Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby and Amanda Shires — on Tammy Wynette’s “Your Good Girl’s Gonna Go Bad.”

The group was then joined by Tucker on “Delta Dawn,” which was followed by Gretchen Wilson coming out for “Redneck Woman.” The other stage was then occupied by Lorretta Lynn’s sister, Crystal Gayle, who sang “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue.” Terri Clark then played guitar and sang “Better Things to Do,” followed by Sara Evans leading a portion of “Born to Fly.” The medley ended with all the participants on stage joining Martina McBride for “Independence Day.”

Other performances last night at the CMA Awards included Willie Nelson and Kacey Musgraves dueting on “Rainbow Connection,” Sheryl Crow, Joe Walsh and others honoring Kris Kristofferson and Maren Morris performing “Girl.” Watch the “Women Of Country” CMAs performance below: