CMT 40 GREATEST WOMEN OF COUNTRY MUSIC This is a three-hour special honoring the 40 women who have made the greatest contribution to country music. These 40 women have owned the microphone and commanded music fans' attention through their vocal...... Read Full Episode Summary »
CMT 40 GREATEST WOMEN OF COUNTRY MUSIC
This is a three-hour special honoring the 40 women who have made the greatest contribution to country music. These 40 women
have owned the microphone and commanded music fans' attention through their vocal power or the unnatural ability of taking
lyrics and wrapping emotions around them. The tribute includes interviews from various artists, entertainers and music historians
as they describe why each of these incredible women is considered one of the "40 Greatest Women of Country Music." The historic
documentary special is hosted by actor Billy Campbell (Once & Again and Enough").
As the 40 "greatest women" are profiled and counted down in this CMT exclusive program, the special illustrates the breadth
and diversity that exists in country music and the impact these 40 performers have had on entertainment. CMT 40 Greatest
Women of Country Music includes interviews with celebrities talking about how they feel when they hear one of these women
sing and the emotions that are evoked when they think of the contributions these specific women have made to country music.
The special also includes video footage, historic photos and the timeless music these women have made over the years that
create the exciting three-hour countdown from No. 40 to No.1. Each hour draws CMT viewers closer to knowing which artist will
be honored as the greatest woman of country music. The CMT exclusive special illustrates the depth, as well as the reach,
of country music throughout all musical genres.
The three-hour tribute includes interviews with Vince Gill, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Don Henley, Lee Ann
Womack, Chris Isaak, Toby Keith, Travis Tritt, Lorrie Morgan, Jamie O'Neal, Lynn Anderson, Randy Travis and many other celebrities
from country music and other entertainment genres.
The CMT 40 Greatest Women of Country Music were selected by hundreds of artists, music historians, music journalists
and music industry professionals -- looking at every aspect of what a great artist is -- from her musically groundbreaking
body of work to her overall contributions to the ever-changing world of country music.
Excerpts from CMT 40 Greatest Women of Country Music:
Chris Isaak on Trisha Yearwood:
"Maybe the best singer I ever sang with. Just amazing. Amazing. Just right on the money every time. I think she has something wrong with her, she doesn't have any bad notes in there. I offered to lend her some."
Trace Adkins on Dolly Parton:
"She's a force to be reckoned within the industry, as a whole, not just the music industry but the entertainment industry. She's a powerhouse. She opened up markets for country music that before we didn't have access to."
Jamie O'Neal on Martina McBride:
"I love singers that just sing from the gut. And that's her; she just gives it her all. Every time she opens her mouth to sing, something spectacular's going to come out."
Reba McEntire on Loretta Lynn:
"She's a strong woman who has had a lot of heartache. But then there's still so much sparkle and love in her heart for her fans and when she gets on that stage, I think that's her sanctuary."
Marty Stuart on Trisha Yearwood:
"She's sung her way into our hearts. She belongs there, she's gonna stay forever."
Alison Krauss on Loretta Lynn:
"I think of Loretta Lynn like the female Hank Williams. She was a real pioneer. When I see Loretta, that's country. That's country music when I hear her singing. She's kind of the landmark."