Women take center stage at the CMA Awards

Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood and Dolly Parton kicked off country music’s biggest night with a show-stopping medley, and were joined by more than 40 female powerhouses.
4:51 | 11/14/19

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She doesn't know we can see her. This year it was all about celebrating women. Lara was there in Nashville for every moment backstage and even on stage presenting the first award -- what were you doing during the commercial break over there, bouncing up and down. I was doing a little of this. Okay. Good morning to you. It is contagious. I'm doing the dance. You know what I'm talking about. It is just incredibly infectious down here. I can't begin to describe what last night was like but I'm going to try. As you guys know they had to put me in the front row because I was presenting the first award for the show, best single right after the opening number so by default I got to see the most electric display of female power that has ever graced a country music stage. Robin, we're talking crystal Gayle, Tanya tucker, little big down, Jennifer nettle, just to name a few who sang side by side with your hosts for the night. Of course, we're talking the single named Reba, Carrie and dolly and we're all praying collectively it won't be the last. What do you call three women hosting the cmas? Your lucky night. Let freedom ring let the white Reporter: On country music's biggest night it was the women taking center stage let the whole world know that today is a day of reckoning Reporter: Featuring co-hosts Reba, Carrie and dolly joined on stage by over 40 female powerhouses from legends like Tanya tucker, Martina Mcbride and crystal Gayle to Nashville's biggest new stars like Maren Morris and Brandi Carlisle. And the cma award goes to Kasey Musgraves! Reporter: Kasey Musgraves winning best female artist taking a moment to deliver a powerful message. And I feel that the female creative spirit, female energy, it's really needed right now. It's really important and I feel like it's something that Earth needs. Reporter: That female energy exploding on stage from Reba's quick changing fancy -- she said here's your one chance don't let me down Reporter: To guest appearances by pink, Halsey. What if I never get over you Reporter: To the star-studded ensemble joining little big town on stage for "Girl crush". Hey, I've got a girl crush Ashley Mcbryde. Reporter: Ashley Mcbryde winning best new art irs. Reporter: And Maren Morris taking home album of the year appropriately titled "Girl." It just feels so timely and whether you're a man or a woman I think the people that won tonight have raised the bar for this genre this year and have made it proud an I'm just so humbled to be one of them. Reporter: Now let's talk about the men who certainly held their own. Oh, "God's country," Blake Shelton. Reporter: Blake Shelton adding single of the year for "God's country" to his already extensive collection of cma trophies. Whoever votes on these thing, I have no idea how this works after 20 years of doing this. Garth brooks. Reporter: And Garth brooks taking home the biggest prize, entertainer of the year winning the honor for an unprecedented seventh time. Seven types in cool. This is a tribute to women. It's neat to see them all band together. He is so humble. What a great guy and he's right. The theme was all about celebrating women. The women of country music and as you see the men were all over that. Backstage the male winners like Dan + shay and old dominion were in awe, they tell me, at the talent and the strength that they saw on the stage and all agreed that women's records should be played every bit as much as the male artist. Garth even calling out kelsea Ballerini's performance as the kind of moment that should earn her entertainer of the year. He also said Reba's performance of "Fancy," if you missed it please go back and look at it. It was unbelievable. Garth said that was the one that stole the show and we will have so much more from backstage at the cmas guy, coming up in the show. Please don't go anywhere. And you looked beautiful last night. Taking that stage in that -- I mean right after that opening number you have to get up on that stage, Lara. Oh, I know, robin. I was a nervous wreck. You pulled it off. Look at you. Look at you. I know. All right, Lara. Long Island girl goes country. Appreciate that.

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