CMT Artists of the Year Share Female Voices They Can’t Live Without

CMT Stages All-Female Music Takeover Oct. 17

Give each 2018 CMT Artists of the Year honoree a day to name the female artists they can’t live without, and they’d each come up with a desert island playlist that would last well beyond a hypothetical zombie apocalypse.

And it would start with the iconic works of Artist of a Lifetime Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire and have the vivid storytelling of Patty Loveless, Matraca Berg and Allison Moorer.
Each of the honorees Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman and Hillary Scott sat down with CMT and discussed the trailblazing female artists who came before them ahead of Wednesday’s (Oct. 17) CMT Artists of the Year ceremony. The 90-minute concert special will celebrate the most prominent female voices representing music’s past, present and future and the ceremony airs live from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Additionally, on Wednesday, CMT will stage an all-female artist takeover across its platforms, including music hours on CMT, the 24-7 digital channel CMT Music and CMT Radio’s widely-syndicated shows CMT Radio Live and CMT After Midnite to encourage and inspire increased female airplay on show day.

For inspiration, the honorees and performers the Pistol Annies highly recommend any music by the following female voices:

Maren Morris: “These women are all so different and saw something in me.”

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“There’ve been so many [artists who’ve believed in me] over the last few years, but I remember having the support of Karen and Kimberly from Little Big Town. They brought me out to open for them for a few weekends before ‘My Church’ was even sent to radio. The fact that they were taking chances on artists who weren’t even signed to major labels — they just wanted to give them their stage. And I will never forget them being so kind to me and even letting me sleep on their bus, cause I that point, I didn’t have anything. That was probably really the first group that really embraced me as an artist.
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