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Carrie And Company Celebrate Iconic Women

In case you missed it last week, CMT's annual "Artists of the Year" special honored the women of country music and their undeniable influence.For those who came before, those making their mark now and to to future of country music, CMT showed female artists the love. Honorees this year are Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Hillary Scott from Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman. One of the great performances of the night had Carrie and her soon-t0-be baby, and soon-to-be tour mates, Maddie and Tae and Runaway June, killing it on stage to honor their heroes.

Carrie Underwood, Maddie & Tae, & Runaway June | Classic Women of Country Tribute | 2018 CMTAOTY

Carrie Underwood, Maddie & Tae and Runaway June pay tribute to the iconic women of Country at the 2018 CMT Artists of the Year.

There's something about watching Carrie Underwood belting out "Stand By Your Man" while baby-to-be is in nearly full bloom. It's powerful.  The mashup includes classics from Tammy Wynette, The Judds, Dolly Parton, Shania Twain, Martina McBride, Faith Hill and Reba.